The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council

Buildings which are used for residential purposes.

Step 3: Build your case

Posted: June 5, 2017 - 9:19am

Tenant harassment is illegal. Don’t let your landlord get away with it.

What is tenant harassment?

Tenant harassment is what happens when building owners attempt to force tenants to leave their apartments or surrender their rights. Harassment can include:

Step 2: Fix your rent

Posted: June 5, 2017 - 8:59am

Take advantage of programs that can reduce your rent

Are you being overcharged?

If you have a stabilized lease, ask DHCR for a copy of your rent history. If it shows you’re paying more than you should be, you can apply to DHCR for a rent reduction. Contact the DHCR Tenant Protection Unit at (718) 739-6400, or by email at

Step 1: Prepare yourself

Posted: June 5, 2017 - 8:48am

Have the facts about your lease, and know your rights.

Your lease

Begin by understanding your lease. In New York City, rent stabilization generally covers apartments which are

Know Your Rights, Keep Your Apartment: Six Steps for Tenants

Posted: June 5, 2017 - 8:39am

Accelerated gentrification in Prospect Heights over the last decade has resulted in significant displacement of residents from our community. In fact, PHNDC has estimated that between 2000 and 2014, more than a fifth of Prospect Heights’ residents were likely directly displaced from the neighborhood.

Brooklyn Rent Freeze Housing Event

Start Date: 
March 24, 2017 - 10:00am - 2:00pm
Topic : 
Sponsored By: 
State Senator Jesse Hamilton, LiveOn NY
Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
United States

If you meet the following requirements, you can keep your rent from increasing by enrolling in the NYC Rent Freeze Program:

  • Age 62 years and older, or 18 years and older if disabled
  • Income of $50,000 or less
  • Live in a rent regulated apartment
  • Spend more than 1/3 of your income on rent

Application assistance will be available at this free event at Brooklyn Public Library.

It will help to expedite the process if you bring a copy of all documents in addition to your originals.

One of the following as proof of age: birth certificate, NYCID, US passport, driver’s license, nondriver’s identification, or other state or local document with date of birth on it.

Proof of income for all household members, including yourself and co-tenants, for the calendar year 2016. Proof of income includes but is not limited to:

  • 2016 Federal and State Income tax returns (if filed)
  • 2016W2's and 1099's
  • Social Security benefit award letter/statement (SSA/SSI/SSDI)
  • VA Disability Pension or compensation
  • Disability-related Medicaid
  • Pension statement
  • IRA or Annuity statement
  • Signed letter from boarder stating amount of monthly rental payments
  • Public assistance benefit letter
  • Signed letter from friend/family stating amount of monetary assistance to household

Rent-Stabilized Apartments—Bring in all that apply: prior and current lease signed by both you and your landlord; preferential rent rider; or Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) or 80/20 rider or 60/40 rider (if applicable).

Rent-Controlled Apartments—Bring in a copy of each of these: Notice of Maximum Collectible Rent (form RN-26) for prior year and current year and the Certification of Fuel Cost Adjustment (form RA3310) for prior and current year.

Rent-Regulated Hotel Units—Bring in a copy of one of these: DHCR rent history or DHCR annual apartment registration for prior and current year and signed letter from the Management or Owner indicating current and prior rent.

Mitchell-Lama or HDFC Cooperatives—Visit the HPD website for a list of documents needed and for more information at: or call (212) 863-8494.

For more information on SCRIE or DRIE, go to NYC Department of Finance website:


To RSVP and for more information, call (347) 450-8162 or email

Open to: 
General public

Intersection | Prospect Heights report highlights community reaction to neighborhood gentrification

Posted: February 27, 2017 - 2:47pm

How has gentrification affected the way community members feel about Prospect Heights, and what do they want for the neighborhood's future?

To answer these questions, Intersection | Prospect Heights collected oral histories and survey responses from over 500 current and former residents of Prospect Heights. The results are discussed in a new paper, "We're All Part of the Neighborhood," available for download from the Intersection | Prospect Heights web site.

The report describes how a surge in development since 2000 coincided with a sharp increase in housing cost. In the process, a large segment of Prospect Heights' population was displaced as more affluent residents moved in. While residents' perceptions of public education and security from crime have improved, the sense of community that many cherish may be threatened.