Free Forums, Workshops, Clinics Offer Assistance to Tenants

Knowledge is power. These free forums, workshops, and clinics offer NYC tenants the chance to access helpful tools and information.

Friday, January 10: HSTPA of 2019: International Forum | Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer invites you to learn more about the recent changes to the rent laws and how to utilize the tools and information from the Office of Rent Administration. From 3pm-5pm, at the Manhattan Borough President’s Office (1 Centre St.). See the below flyer for further details.

Second Tuesday of the Month: Housing Attorneys On Site | New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson’s office offers a monthly housing clinic for tenants, at his District Office, on the second Tuesday of every month to assist with housing issues, including landlord harassment/disputes. Attend and receive legal advice from housing attorneys. Attendees are seen on a first come, first served basis. This month, the date is January 14: 5:30pm, at 224 W. 30th St., Suite 1206 (btw. 7th & 8th Aves.).

Tuesday, January 14: SCRIE/DRIE workshop AND Thursday, January 16: Department of Buildings Information Session | The Northern Manhattan office of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer is again joining with the NYC Department of Finance to assist seniors and the disabled in applying for property tax exemptions, the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE), or the Disabled Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) programs. The workshop takes place on Tues., Jan. 14, 2-5 pm. Then, on Thurs., Jan. 16, from 6-8pm, BP Brewer also offers an information session with the Department of Buildings (DOB), to give Manhattanites the opportunity to meet one-on-one with DOB officials for help resolving violations, applying for permits, dealing with construction harassment, hiring a licensed professional, and any other topics or community concerns. Both events take place at Brewer’s Northern Manhattan office (431 W. 125th St.). To RSVP, or for more information, call 212-531-1609.

Wednesday, January 22: SCRIE/DRIE Workshop | The NYC Rent Freeze Program includes the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) Program and the Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) Program and helps those eligible stay in affordable housing by freezing their rent. Find out if you qualify and apply at this workshop. Wed., Jan. 22, noon to 2pm, at Visions at Selis Manor (135 W. 23rd St., btw. 6th & 7th Aves.). This workshop is co-sponsored by the NYC Mayor’s Public Engagement Unit. For info, contact the office of NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson, by calling 212-564-7757 or emailing See the below flyer for further details, including RSVP info.

NOTE: The below event has already taken place. See contact info at the tail end of the listings, to find out about other similar opportunities.

Wednesday, January 8: Department of Building Office Hours | Make an appointment to meet with members of the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) Community Engagement Division and the Office of the Tenant Advocate to discuss any building issues you may have. Each appointment will last 15 minutes. Wed., Jan. 8, 11am-2pm, at NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson’s District Office (224 W. 30th St., Suite 1206, btw. 7th & 8th Aves.). To RSVP, call 212-564-7757 or email See the below flyer for further details, including RSVP info.

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