LANDLORD WATCHLIST SUBMISSIONS
If you have not already done so, it is important to file your housing complaint(s) officially with the City's Citizen Service Center by calling 311 (311 can be accessed outside of New York City by dialing (212) NEW YORK). For the hearing impaired, the TTY number is (212) 504-4115. The Center is open 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
To submit your landlord for the Public Advocate's NYC's Worst Landlords Watch List, you can call our office at (212) 669-7250 or send an email to GetHelp@pubadvocate.nyc.gov. Please be sure to include your contact information, building address and notes on the nature of the housing violation.
The Public Advocate's office will use records from the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to determine whether your building has any outstanding violations. To be published on the Watch List, buildings with fewer than 35 units must have an average of at least three open, serious violations per unit. Larger buildings must have an average of at least two open serious violations per unit.
Landlords that resolve their violations with HPD will be automatically removed from the Watch List.
Your personal information will not be displayed on the Watch List. It will enable the Public Advocate's office to contact you about your case and provide you with additional tenant resources.
Advocacy Organizations for Tenants
Legal Aid Society
Offers free legal services regarding housing to low-income individuals and families.
Make the Road New York
Provides attorneys for targeted advocacy, education and representation in housing court and landlord-tenant cases.
Bushwick, Brooklyn: (718) 418-7690
Jackson Heights, Queens: (718) 565-8500
Port Richmond, Staten Island: (718) 727-1222
Met Council on Housing
Hosts free tenant clinics and a tenant rights hotline.
New York Communities for Change
Uses on-street organizing and legislative advocacy to preserve and expand affordable housing.
(347) 410-6919 ext. 270
Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition
Develops and supports tenant associations, holds workshops on housing rights and cultivates active housing committee members for participation in larger citywide activities.
Pratt Area Community Council
Offers 1-on-1 tenant counseling, tenant rights workshops, legal clinic and assistance to buildings that want to create or strengthen tenant associations.
Tenants & Neighbors
Provides tenants with information and referrals, educational resources, training workshops, organizing support, leadership development, and campaign coordination support.
(212) 608-4320 ext. 314
Important Forms for Tenants
Forms for Residential Tenants
NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal
Provides details on filing a harassment complaint or applying for a rent reduction based on outstanding housing violations.