En Español Know Your Rights
Source: Make the Road New York
Subject: Housing & Environmental Justice
Type: Press Advisory

TENANTS TO RALLY AGAINST HARASSMENT BY LANDLORDS

For Immediate Release

Tenants To Rally Against Harassment by Landlords

Holding Signs and Children, Fifty Community Members Will Urge City Council to Crack Down on Landlords Who Harass Tenants Out of Their Homes in Order to Raise Rent

Brooklyn Landlord has Refused to Accept Rent and then Sued Tenant for Non-payment and Threatened Continuous Fraudulent Lawsuits

Upon Buying Building, New Landlord Gave Longtime Tenants Fraudulent Eviction Notice

Landlords Have Pressured Tenants to Accept Buyouts by Threatening to Call INS and Illegally Withholding Services

Who:  

Make the Road by Walking

Bushwick Housing Independence Project

Victims of Harassment from 46 Wyckoff Ave. and 302 Stockholm Ave.

What:

Victims of landlord harrassment and tenant groups will call on the City Council to pass legislation to create a "cause of action" that they can use to seek harassment protection from Housing Court.

At 46 Wyckoff Avenue, a new landlord recently bought the building and has employed a variety of tactics to push out longtime tenants such as offering money for tenants to leave the building within 30 days, threatening to call INS, threatening lawsuits, and withholding services. At 302 Stockholm, Andres Sosa, the landlord, has refused to accept rent from tenants, but then attempted to evict the tenant in Housing Court on the basis of non-payment of rent.

Around New York City, tenant groups are demonstrating in the month of October to put pressure on the city to create a private "cause of action" so tenants can protect themselves from harassment.

When:            

Wednesday, October 18th at 12 noon

Where:           

46 Wyckoff Ave, Brooklyn (between Starr and Willoughby). L train to Jefferson