Legal Resources for Tenants

Legal Resources For Tenants

South Brooklyn Legal Services

(718) 237-5500

Jane Landry-Reyes Senior Staff Attorney

Legal Aid Society

(212) 577-3300

Legal Services NYC

(646) 442-3600

Housing Court Answers’ (HCA) hotline

(212) 962-4795

HCA is open from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Thursday

Provides information about Court procedures, landlord/tenant rules and regulations, enforcement of housing code violations, referrals for free legal help, and referrals to community organizations that help with housing problems.

Tenant Protection Unit

(718) 739-6400

The TPU preserves affordable housing by detecting and curtailing patterns and practices of landlord fraud and harassment through audits, investigations, and impactful legal actions. The TPU also encourages compliance by informing tenants and owners of their rights and responsibilities under the rent regulation laws.

The Metropolitan Council on Housing

(212) 979-0611

Tenants’ rights telephone hotline: The hotline is free and open to any tenant living in New York City.

Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30 – 8:00pm. Fridays from 1:30pm to 5pm.

They can give brief answers to your rights as a tenant, and explain your options for dealing with a housing situation.

Common questions relate to:

  • getting repairs from negligent landlords
  • getting adequate heat in the winter months
  • dealing with the threat of eviction
  • questions about leases and lease renewals
  • legal rent increases for rent-regulated apartments

Pratt Area Community Council

For appointments or information (718) 522-2613