What kinds of harassment and crime does the Housing & Tenant Protection Unit investigate and prosecute?
The Unit focuses on long-term investigations into systemic, structured, and organized criminal activity among landlords and developers. Areas of focus include harassment of rent-regulated tenants, deed fraud, and defrauding of government subsidy programs by landlords and developers.
The Office will refer complaints on other matters – such as individual disputes between landlords and tenants – to the appropriate city or state agency or community-based advocacy groups.
I’m undocumented. Can I still file a report?
Absolutely. Our Office is a safe place to report crime regardless of your immigration status.
Our Housing & Tenant Protection Unit focuses on long-term investigations into systemic, structured and organized criminal activity among landlords and developers.
To report tenant harassment, please call our Housing & Tenant Protection Unit at 212-335-8900, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Office will refer complaints on other matters – such as individual disputes between landlords and tenants – to the appropriate agency, such as the Department of Buildings, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, and various community-based advocacy groups.
Housing Preservation & Development (HPD):
Preserves affordable housing and protects tenants, develops new affordable housing, enforces housing maintenance code to ensure safety and quality.
Department of Buildings (DOB):
Contact DOB for the following issues: Tenant harassment; Construction work and illegal conversions
Office of the Tenant Advocate: 212-393-2949
Contact to address landlord/tenant issues
Mayors Office of Special Enforcement:
Investigates illegal short-term rentals
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