Tenants Have New Rights!

NYS passed Good Cause Eviction Protections against rent hikes and unfair evictions in April 2024. If you are eligible for Good Cause, you now have a right to remain in your home as long as you pay rent and follow your lease.

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Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act

S221 Myrie / A3353 Mitaynes

TOPA, or Tenant Opportunity to Purchase, gives tenants the right to make the first offer on their building if the landlord decides to sell it. Working together, tenants associations could access public money and financing and convert their homes into permanently affordable social housing.

Tenants across New York are living in unsafe apartments – a key reason impetus to organize with their neighbors and form a tenant association. But organized tenants cost landlords money! Landlords often look to sell  well-organized buildings , forcing the tenants back to square one with their negotiations. TOPA would interrupt this speculative, union-busting practice.

TOPA creates the potential for tenants to buy the buildings in which they live and convert them into limited-equity cooperatives, community land trusts, or even public housing. In this way, TOPA builds on New York’s radical history of social housing development, which includes conversions of squatted tenaments into low-income cooperatives on the Lower East Side and in East Harlem, as well as union-supported constructions of limited-equity cooperatives like  Co-op City and Penn South.

TOPA laws exist in Washington D.C., San Francisco, Minneapolis and more. Washington DC’s TOPA law has been used to create thousands of units of limited equity cooperatives and affordable rentals. 

In New York, tenants are already doing TOPA conversions without the right provided by our bill: 

A Landlord ‘Underestimated’ His Tenants. Now They Could Own the Building.

New York Times

In 2017, a new landlord bought out 700 E. 134th St. for $4M and quickly moved to start jacking up rents. Tenants banded together to fight back and eventually worked with a nonprofit to buy the building as a limited equity co-op. Tenants will now be able to buy their apartments for just $2,500 each. 

117 West 116 Street Tenants Association
120 East 19th St. Tenants Union
212 Grand Tenant Association
2121 Westbury Ct Tenant Association
287 Prospect Avenue Tenants Association
331 East 14th Street Tenant Association
89th Street Tenants Unidos Association
A. Philip Randolph Square Neighborhood Alliance
Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD)
Bailey’s Cafe Inc
Bronx Community Land Trust
Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union
Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A
Brooklyn Level Up
Brooklyn Mitchell-Lama Task Force
Brownsville Partnership
Caribbean Equality Project
Carroll Gardens Association
Catholic Migration Services (CMS)
Center for NYC Neighborhoods
Chhaya Community Development Corporation
Chinatown Community Land Trust
Churches United for Fair Housing (CUFFH)
Citizen Action of NY
City Roots Community Land Trust
City-Wide Tenant Union of Rochester
Community Allies
Community Service Society of New York
Cooper Sq. Community Land Trust
Cooper Square Committee
Cooperators United for Mitchell-Lama (CU4ML)
East Harlem El-Barrio Community Land Trust
East New York Community Land Trust
El Puente de Williamsburg
Equality for Flatbush (E4F)
Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island
Flatbush Tenant Coalition
For the Many
FWD Landscape
Genesee Co-op Federal Credit Union
Goddard Riverside
Grow Brownsville
GrowHouse NYC
Hester Street
HOPE
Housing Conservation Coordinators
Housing Rights Initiative
Hudson Valley Justice Center
Inclusiv
Lower East Side Peoples FCU
Met Council on Housing
MHaction
MinKwon Center for Community Action
Mitchell-Lama United (MLU)
Mott Haven-Port Morris Community Land Stewards
Neighbors Together
New Economy Project
New York City Community Land Initiative (NYCCLI)
New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives
New York Communities for Change
New York Immigration Coalition
New Yorkers for Culture and Arts
North Star Fund
Northern Manhattan Community Land Trust
Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition
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NYC YOUTH SPORTS PODCAST SHOW INC.
Open Hearts Initiative
Open New York
Pacific Street Tenants Union
Partnership for the Public Good
Picture the Homeless
Pratt Center for Community Development
ReAL Edgemere Community Land Trust
RENA (Riverside Edgecombe Neighborhood Association)
Ridgewood Tenants Union
Save63Tiffany
South Bronx Unite
Stryckers Bay Neighborhood Council
TakeRoot Justice
Tenants Political Action Committee
The Center for New York City Neighborhoods
The Health & Housing Consortoum
The J Max Bond Center at The City College of New York
Theatre of the Oppressed NYC
This Land Is Ours CLT
TIMBER
Tulinde, LLC
Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB)
United Neighbors Organization (UNO)
United Tenants of Albany
Universe City NYC
Unlock NYC
Uptown Manhattan tenants union
Urban Justice Center – Safety Net Project
Village Preservation
VOCAL-NY
We Stay/Nos Quedamos
WESPAC Foundation, Inc.
Westchester Cooperative Network
Western Queens Community Land Trust
Zara Tenant Coalition (ZTC)

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