Tenant Harassment Prevention Task Force Will Protect Tenants

“HPD will not stand by while landlords use illegal construction and other tactics to make buildings hazardous and unlivable in order to harass tenants out of their homes,” said Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Vicki Been.

"If you treat your law-abiding tenants like criminals, we will not hesitate to make you one.”

Incidents of harassment include:


  • Landlords operating without proper permits;
  • Construction projects operating in violation of stop work orders; 
  • Landlords who openly ignore requirements for tenant protection plans in order to contain the spread of lead and/or asbestos which may be exposed during renovation; 
  • Landlords removing essential systems, such as boilers and venting systems, in order make life unbearable for existing residents.

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Tenant Harassment Prevention Task Force by Governor Andrew Cuomo, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Mayor Bill de Blasio today are announcing the launch of a joint enforcement task force, titled the Tenant Harassment Prevention Task Force, to investigate and bring enforcement actions – including criminal charges – against landlords who harass tenants.