One of the most important things you can do is inform yourself of the law so that you can distinguish between what is hearsay and what is the law. Gaining knowledge can be done through an advisor (e.g. an attorney), as well as by your own research free-of-charge through the links found further below.
For access to Fact Sheets that describe the major elements of rent control and rent stabilization in New York City, go to http://www.dhcr.state.ny.us/Rent/FactSheets
Department of Community Housing and Renewal
The Division of Housing and Community Renewal is responsible for the supervision, maintenance and development of affordable low- and moderate-income housing in New York State. The Division performs a number of activities in fulfillment of this mission, including: Community Development, Housing Operations, and Rent Administration.
Metropolitan Council on Housing
Met Council, founded in 1958, is a membership organization dedicated to preserving and expanding New York City’s supply of decent, affordable housing.
Tenant's and Neighbors
Tenant's and Neighbors is a 30-year old organization of tenants, tenant associations and other organizations that fight for tenant's rights and affordable housing for all people.
Office of New York State Attorney General Andrew M Cuomo
The NYS Attorney General — the People's Lawyer — is dedicated to aggressively prosecuting and defending the interests of all New Yorkers.
See also the Senior Citizens page for a link to a handbook specifically designed by the Attorney General to help Seniors navigate the law and understand their legal rights.
NYC Rent Guidelines Board
The NYC Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) is mandated to establish rent adjustments for the nearly one million dwelling units subject to the Rent Stabilization Law in New York City. The Board holds an annual series of public meetings and hearings to consider research from staff, and testimony from owners, tenants, advocacy groups and industry experts.
NYC Department of Buildings
The NYC Department of Buildings ensures the safe and lawful use of over 950,000 buildings and properties by enforcing the City's Building Code, Electrical Code, Zoning Resolution, New York State Labor Law and New York State Multiple Dwelling Law.