Knowing how to negotiate a good agreement with your landlord on your day in housing court can mean the difference between staying in your home and getting evicted. But many tenants don’t know that they have the right to ask for realistic terms for themselves, or how to get help understanding the agreements they sign.
CUP collaborated with Housing Court Answers and designers from the Public Society to create a guide to educate tenants about their rights and encourage them to stand up for themselves on their day in court. Comic-book style graphics give tenants useful information on how to ask for what they need, what language to watch out for, and how to get more help.
Housing Court Help: a tenant’s guide to negotiating with your landlord is currently being distributed by 15 organizations in all five boroughs of NYC. The English version of the booklet launched in February 2014 at Challenging the Halls of Injustice, Housing Court Answers’ annual conference. A Spanish version will be released in July 2014.