The Ulster County Coalition for Housing Justice wants tenants to know their rights.

All the time. Landlords in New York, cannot evict tenants simply by telling them to move out. If a landlord wants to evict someone, they must take them to court. It is illegal for landlords to do any of the following.

  • Change the locks,
  • Padlock the doors,
  • Take out your furniture or other belongings,
  • Remove the door of the apartment or house,
  • Turn off the electricity or water, or
  • Do or threaten to do, anything else that keeps tenants out of a house or apartment.

During the pandemic. Until at least May 1, because of Covid-19, if a tenant has lost income due to the pandemic and can’t pay rent, the landlord cannot go to court to evict.

The eviction moratorium covers all tenants with or without leases or papers, documented or undocumented. If a building is sold, the moratorium applies to the new owner. This flyer from Citizen Action of New York explains tenants’ rights under NY’s covid emergency legislation.

Learn more. Download a four-page flyer explaining tenants’ rights in New York State. The 5-  to 6-minute videos on this page — one in English and one in Spanish — review tenants’ rights in Ulster County.

In March 2021 more than 150 people gathered over Zoom to discuss the Housing Crisis in Ulster County. The meeting was organized by the Ulster County Coalition for Housing Justice (UCCHJ). View a 60-minute edited version of the discussion here.

Download proposals from the Ulster County Coalition for Housing Justice. (This document is 4-pages.)

Read what Ulster County Sheriff Juan Figueroa told UIDN about evictions.

Learn more about the housing crisis around the country.

Above: Spanish-language. Below: English.