Is Your Landlord Using Construction to Harass You?

Construction harassment is a serious problem: in the day-to-day, it makes life harder and more dangerous for tenants, and over the long-term landlords use it to push tenants out of their homes so they can raise the rent, sometimes so much so that the unit no longer counts as rent-stabilized. 

In August 2017, a twelve bill legislative package passed in the City Council, with the aim of reforming the Department of Buildings (DOB) and holding landlords and contractors accountable for construction harassment. These new laws provide tenants with some powerful tools to advocate for themselves–but only if tenants are aware that they exist! 

CUP teamed up with The Stand for Tenant Safety Coalition (STS) and design studio L+L to create Is Your Landlord Using Construction to Harass You? in both Spanish and English. The guide helps rent-stabilized tenants who are targets of construction harassment understand what construction harassment is, what their rights are, and how to assert them. Part of understanding their rights includes things like looking out for the proper documentation of construction happening in their apartments, as well as holding landlords and contractors accountable for illegal practices like dangerous construction, construction during off-hours, and offering buy-outs. The guide also includes detailed information on how to take action if tenants experience construction harassment.  

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Resources & Links

Stand for Tenant Safety is a citywide coalition of community organizations who are fighting to protect the lives and homes of New York City tenants from landlords who are using construction as harassment. The Coalition is led by St. Nicks Alliance, Cooper Square Committee and the Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center (CDP).

L+L is a Brooklyn-based, multidisciplinary visual design studio that works with organizations in mission-driven, arts and cultural spaces. 

Funding Support

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

Special Thanks

Special thanks to Estervina Acosta, Teresita Aguilar, Kristiana Cowcer, Hank Dombrowski, Dak Goodson, Rolando Guzman, Letha Hanes, Pinkrose James, Keiris Munoz, Geraldo Perez, Magda Ramos, Luz Rosero, Xiomara Rucal, and all others who provided feedback on this project.

Participants

CUP

  • Christine Gaspar
  • Yasmin Safdie
  • Sucharitha Yelimeli
    • Stand for Tenant Safety 
    • Robert Godfried, Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation (NMIC)
    • Jane Li, TakeRoot Justice
    • Harriet Putterman, Cooper Square Committee

    • L+L
    • Designers
    • Leigh Mignona
    • Liz Seibert Turow