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Tenant Organizing Manual



  • The Right to Organize

Chapter 1: The How-To's Of Organizing

  • Before You Begin
  • Talk To Your Neighbors
  • Prepare for a Building-Wide Meeting
  • Hold a Building-Wide Meeting
  • Discuss/Prioritize Building-Wide Problems
  • Decide Whether to Work Together
  • Structuring Your Tenants' Association
  • Leadership/Steering Committee

Chapter 2: Strategies To Improve Conditions

  • Step One: Find Out Who Owns the Building
  • Step Two: Put Your Complaints in Writing
  • Step Three: Negotiate With Your Owner
  • Step Four: Registering Official Complaints
  • Step Five: Request a Building-Wide Inspection
  • Step Six: Filing Complaints with DHCR
  • Step Seven: Collectively Sending Rent to the Owner
  • Step Eight: Tenant-Initiated Court Action
  • Step Nine: Withholding Your Rent Money

Chapter 3: Harassment

  • NYS Division of Housing & Community Renewal
  • District Attorney's Special Housing Unit
  • New York City Corporation Council
  • NYS Attorney General
  • NYC Commission on Human Rights

Chapter 4: Demolition

Chapter 5: Other Considerations


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