How we plan to fight back collectively.
If you are experiencing harassment, intimidation or threat of eviction from your landlord, we can help!
We can offer solidarity and support to fight back against them many forms of landlord violence. Call Brooklyn Eviction Defense (917-982-2265) so we can devise a strategy that best suit your material conditions. Be it a stoop-watches where neighbors take shifts protecting you from further harassment or starting a tenant association to concretize a permanent structure of tenant power; we will figure out how to beat back your landlords bullshit. We’ve re-entered homes for tenants after landlords had illegally changed the locks. We’ve done physical eviction blockades by standing between the landlord and tenants so they could not be evicted. Wed’ve sent letter with our organizations logo to show the landlord the tenant has a community institution backing them. We’ve done targetted shamming campaigns to put fire to landlords feet. These are all ways to let the landlord know you are not alone and to keep you housed!
Do not self-evict!
What if my apartment needs repairs?
You can withhold rent!
Have you given your landlord a notice in writing of a serious hazard in the apartment, and allowed reasonable time for them to resolve the issue? If you are still dealing with pests, safety hazards (doors that do not work, windows that won’t close), inadequate heating, harassment, or other serious issues, it’s time to let them know you won’t pay rent until the problem is resolved. Withholding rent is a negotiation tactic intended to prompt immediate action. You will still be responsible for paying rent after the problem is resolved, and your landlord could technically sue you for nonpayment. However, if that happens you can file a countersuit because your landlord broke the law by breaching the warrant of habitability. Many times, landlords will make repairs WAY BEFORE they will sue for nonpayment. Suing is costly and tedious, and the landlord knows that you will likely pay the rent as soon as conditions are improved.
Talk to us about dealing with your landlord before a court case ever happens. Some of us know how to make the necessary repairs your landlord is refusing to make.