Tenant Resources

At this time, we have closed our landlord-tenant practice in order to focus on our feminist employment law practice, fighting gender and pregnancy discrimination in the workplace. Please check out the rest of our website for more information about our practice areas.  

Back to L&T: we have developed relationships over time with many excellent organizations which we are happy to recommend.  Please see the list below for groups and services that may be able to be of assistance with your housing issue. Your local elected officials are also a great resource for connecting you with help.

If you or a friend may find yourself in need of a workplace rights attorney at any point – whether in conjunction with pregnancy, adoption, termination/severance, or discrimination of any kind – I invite you to please stay in touch via our newsletter.  You can sign up here.

I wish you the best with your housing issue.

-Susan Crumiller

Community Organizations & Attorney Directories
  • MetCouncil: Tenant Resources & Hotline – The Metropolitan Council on Housing provides a number of resources for NYC tenants, including clinics, a newspaper, a local radio show, and the Tenant’s Rights Hotline. The Hotline is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30pm to 8pm and Fridays from 1:30pm to 5pm and can be reached at (212) 979-0611.
  • Right to Counsel NYC Coalition – The Right to Counsel NYC Coalition fought to introduce a Right to Counsel program to help low-income New Yorkers access the legal help they need to fight eviction proceedings. Their site offers information on the program as well as additional resources for NYC tenants.
  • Housing Conservation Coordinators NYC – HCC NYC holds a free legal clinic on Monday nights from 5-7pm. Click for more information on what the clinic offers, location, and how to reserve a spot.
  • City Bar Justice Center – The City Bar Justice Center operates a phone and online legal hotline for low income New Yorkers. The Legal Hotline operates Mondays through Thursdays from 9:15am to 4:45pm and Fridays from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Through the Civil Court Project they offer free consultations to people representing themselves in NYC Civil Court.
  • LawHelpNY – A directory of free legal service providers, searchable by zip code.
Government Departments and Services
  • ACRIS – Property ownership and other recorded documents.
  • HPD – Managing agent info and violations.
  • DHCR – Administrative agency with concurrent jurisdiction over many landlord-tenant issues such as rent overcharge and rent reductions. Forms, information and more. If your apartment is or may be rent-stabilized, contact DHCR to get a “Rent Registration History” for your unit. 
Evaluation of Apartment Conditions, Repairs Clean-Up, and Moving
  • Cleaning Brooklyn – Thorough, professional move-in and move-out cleanings.
  • Get There Moving – Friendly, responsible movers!
  • Artful Transitions – Specializing in moving seniors (incl. planning, organizing, downsizing, floor plan, coordinating appraisals and donations, the actual moving, etc).