Resources

Online Resources for NYC Tenants

Building Property Research

City & State Agencies

Free Online Legal Advice

Government Representatives

Tenant Organizations

 

Building Property Research

  • ACRIS
    The Automated City Register Information System (ACRIS) allows you to
    search property records and view document images for Manhattan, Queens,
    Bronx, and Brooklyn from 1966 to the present.
  • Accurint
    (requires subscription)Accurint® is the most widely accepted locate-and-research
    tool available to government, law enforcement and commercial customers.
    Its proprietary data linking and analysis technology, LexisNexis®
    Link ID™, securely and intelligently analyzes billions of partial and
    complete records, and then filters and links that information based on
    relevance to provide a complete picture of an individual.
  • NYC Property Information System
    Current Account Histories for all NYC parcels (by Block and Lot numbers)
    are available, including Account History, Assessment rolls, Statement
    of Account, Market Value History, Notice of Value, SCRIE reports, and
    DRIE reports.
  • NYC Map Portal
    Enter address to see building-level map and find online property
    information and more.
  • PropertyShark
    (some free information, detailed requires subscription)
    Aggregates real estate data and listings from hundreds of public and
    proprietary sources into an easy-to-use yet comprehensive property
    research website covering a dozen major markets.

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City & State Agencies

  • NYC Department of Buildings (DOB)
    The DOB ensures the safe and lawful use of over 950,000 buildings and
    properties by enforcing the City’s Building Code, Electrical Code,
    Zoning Resolution, New York State Labor Law and New York State Multiple
    Dwelling Law. Their main activities include performing plan
    examinations, issuing construction permits, inspecting properties, and
    licensing trades.
  • NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
    The DEP administers the asbestos and lead control program, handles water
    and sewer emergencies, and handles enforcement and complaints regarding
    air, noise, and hazardous materials.
  • NYC Department of Finance (DOF)
    This department handles general real estate tax inquiries and SCRIE
    refunds and tax abatements.
  • NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOH)
    The DOH operates the lead poisoning prevention program and inspects
    windows and window guards as part of the window falls prevention
    program.
  • NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD)
    HPD protects the New York City’s existing housing stock and expands
    housing options for New Yorkers. HPD enforces the building code,
    operates the emergency repair program, and manages the J-51 tax
    exemption and abatement program.
  • NYC Department of Investigation
    Internal affairs division reporting to the Mayor’s Office overseeing
    city agencies’ personnel (e.g.; DOB, HPD) practices. “Getting the worms
    out of the Big Apple.”
  • NYC Department of Sanitation (DOS)
    The DOS is responsible for collecting garbage and recyclables, cleaning
    streets, and clearing snow from the roadways in the winter.
  • NYC Fire Department (FDNY)
    This department issues the fire prevention certificate of fitness and
    performs residential sprinkler testing.
  • NYC Housing Court: NYC Civil Court, Housing Part
    The Housing Part handles residential owner and tenant cases. Each year,
    over 300,000 residential cases are filed in the Housing Part of the
    Civil Court, generally referred to as the Housing Court.
  • NYC Commission on Human Rights – Housing
    The City Human Rights Law protects residents of most types of
    housin
    g in New York City against discrimination.
  • NYC Rent Guidelines Board (RGB)
    The RGB is mandated to establish rent adjustments for the approximately
    one million dwelling units subject to the Rent Stabilization Law in New
    York City. The Board holds an annual series of public meetings and
    hearings to consider research from staff, and testimony from owners,
    tenants, advocacy groups and industry experts.
  • NY State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR)
    The DHCR’s Office of Rent Administration is responsible for regulating
    rents in approximately 1.2 million privately owned rental units
    statewide under four laws: the Emergency Housing Rent Control Law, the
    Local Emergency Tenant Control Act, the Rent Stabilization Law, and the
    Emergency Tenants Protection Act. These four laws are detail New York
    City’s rent regulation systems commonly known as rent control and rent
    stabilization.
  • NY State Department of State Division of Corporations
    Maintains documents relating to business and not-for-profit
    corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships and
    registered limited liability partnerships that are formed under the laws
    of New York State or authorized to do business under the laws of the
    state.

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Free Online Legal Information

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Government Representatives

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Tenant Advocacy Organizations

  • City-Wide Task Force on Housing Court
    Housing Court Answers, a service of the City-Wide Task Force on Housing
    Court, has been the best place to go for information about Housing Court
    for people without lawyers for close to thirty years.
  • Eviction Intervention Services (EIS)
    EIS has as its mission to prevent homelessness by keeping residents in
    their communities, preserving existing affordable housing, and promoting
    and supporting the construction of affordable housing for low, moderate
    and middle-income households.
  • Metropolitan Council on Housing
    339 Lafayette Street, #301, New York 10012 (Phone: 212-979-0611)
  • The Met Council is a city-wide membership tenant organization for more than thirty years. Met Council’s monthly newspaper Tenant/Inquilino, covers a broad array of topics of interest to tenants.
  • Tenants & Neighbors
    New York State’s largest tenants’ rights organization.

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