Is Your Landlord Harassing
You or Your Neighbors?

What can you do if your landlord is harassing you? Many New Yorkers face this problem as landlords throughout the city push out long-term tenants and raise rents to make a bigger profit. A new policy called the Certificate of No Harrassment (CONH) gives tenants a tool to fight back against harassment and displacement. The program requires landlords who want to renovate or tear down their building to get a “Certificate of No Harassment” from the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) that says they haven’t harassed tenants. While the new program puts the burden of proof on landlords, it’s important for tenants to participate and report harassment and other violations.

CUP collaborated with the Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development (ANHD), Coalition Against Tenant Harassment (CATHnyc), the Community Development Project (CDP), and designer Alayna Citrin to create Is Your Landlord Harassing You or Your Neighbors? The illustrated, fold-out poster explains how the new CONH program works, what constitutes harassment, and how tenants can assert their rights if being harassed.

Is Your Landlord Harassing You or Your Neighbors? is being distributed by CATHnyc to thousands of tenants and tenant right advocates throughout the city.

Click here to see the poster and get your own copy.

A Spanish version of the guide was also launched in 2020. You can get your Spanish version here.

Resources & Links

ANHD’s mission is to build community power to win affordable housing and thriving, equitable neighborhoods for all New Yorkers.

The Coalition Against Tenant Harassment (CATHnyc) is fighting against the displacement of low-income tenants through grassroots organizing and by promoting new tools to prevent tenant harassment.

The Community Development Project (CDP) provides legal, participatory research and policy support to strengthen the work of grassroots and community based groups in New York City to dismantle racial, economic and social oppression.

Alayna Citrin is a designer interested in creating thoughtful and engaging work with people in process-driven, collaborative environments. Currently a Graphic Designer at Sir Kensington’s, she is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art’s Graphic Design BFA program with a concentration in Sustainability and Social Practice.

Know Rezoning is part of the Envisioning Development program at the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP). CUP partners with policy advocates and graphic designers to produce foldout posters that explain complicated policy issues, like this one.

Funding Support

Support for this project was provided by the Neighborhoods First Fund for Community Based Planning.


  • CUP
  • Christine Gaspar
  • Oscar Nuñez
  • Yasmin Safdié
    • ANHD
    • Advocacy Partners
    • Emily Goldstein
    • Melanie Breault
    • CDP
    • Advocacy Partner
    • Adrien Weibgen
    • Designer
    • Alayna Citrin


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