Harassment by an owner is a course of action intended to force a tenant out of an apartment or to cause a tenant to give up rights granted under the Rent Stabilization Law or Rent Control Law. It is unlawful for an owner or anyone acting in the owner's interests to interfere with a tenant's right to privacy, comfort, or quiet enjoyment of their apartment.
Interference includes reducing services or engaging in baseless court proceedings. The Rent Code Amendments of 2014 (RCA 2014) expanded such course of conduct to include the filing of false documents with or making false statements to DHCR.
What do I do if the owner is harassing me?
Harassment is a serious violation of your rights. If you believe you are a victim of harassment, you may file a tenant's statement of complaint RA60H with the Office of Rent Administration (ORA).
The owner wants to renovate the building where my apartment is located, and has asked me to temporarily relocate. The renovations are not compelled by an emergency situation. Must I relocate?
- You do not have to relocate unless so ordered by ORA, another government agency, or a court.
Neighbor disturbance through noise and cigarette smoke issues
The noise and cigarette smoke from the apartment next to me is a constant disturbance. What are my rights?
- You may contact the owner and ask for assistance, as most standard leases give you the right to the "peaceful possession" of the apartment.
- You can also contact a local mediation center in order to pursue a mediated resolution with the neighboring tenant.
This course of action by the owner is intended to force a tenant out of his or her apartment or to cause a tenant to give up their rights.
This Fact Sheet is to inform owners about the laws around discrimination, harassment and retaliation pertaining to immigrant tenants. Also see: Fair and Equitable Housing Office Immigrant Information
Tenant's statement of complain (s) - harassment.