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The Office of the Public Advocate’s Worst Landlord Watchlist is an information-sharing tool that enables tenants, public officials, advocates, and other concerned individuals to identify which residential property owners consistently flout City laws intended to protect the rights and safety of tenants.

Housing law protects your right as a tenant to meet with other tenants in a public space in the building. You should speak with other tenants who are facing similar problems and organize a meeting time in the building. The meeting can be advertised through fliers or posters placed in the building. At the first meeting, the representative of the association should be appointed by the group and a set of action items should be decided.

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Average Violations of Top 5 Worst Landlords

Number of Violations


HPD violations in 2022

Compared to 53,199 violations in 2021

On average, landlords on the Watchlist own 6.3 buildings and have 690 violations across their represented buildings

Violations per Month 2021 vs. 2022