Tenant harassment usually applies to tenants in rent-controlled buildings and occurs when a landlord “harasses” a tenant in an effort to get them to move out. Frequently this happens so rent can be raised or units can be sold.
Examples of tenant harassment include:
- Taking away services provided for in the lease
- Entering the apartment without proper notice
- Intimidating tenants or telling lies in an attempt to get the tenant to move out
- Using threatening language or actions to get tenants to move out
- Giving a “3-Day Notice” that is based on false charges or giving notice when the landlord does not intend to take the matter to court
- Refusing to do repairs that are required by law
- Intentionally disturbing a tenant’s peace and quiet
- Interfering with a tenant’s right to privacy
- Refusing to accept a tenant’s rent payment without proper justification
If your landlord has done any of the above, you should consult one of the attorneys at Schwimer Weinstein immediately, especially if you have been served with an eviction notice.
Make sure to document all interactions and make all requests in writing to ensure that there is a trail showing all of the landlord’s violations. This will help greatly in proving a case of tenant harassment, and the landlord could be subject to fines, injunctions, attorney’s fees and, possibly, criminal charges or punitive damages.
If you have been served with an eviction notice, it’s imperative that you act quickly and call us immediately to protect your rights.
We can help. Contact Schwimer Weinstein for a free, no-obligation consultation.