State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and a host of other left-leaning pols debuted a new handbook outlining protections for undocumented renters facing landlord harassment—a legal manual they called crucial given the “very hostile, very toxic” current climate for foreign nationals under President Donald Trump.
The prosecutor’s office released new “Know Your Rights” guidance—available online—for non-citizen tenants whose landlords have threatened to report them to federal authorities or have claimed that eviction protections do not apply to them because of their lack of formal paperwork. The Democratic officials at today’s presser at La Marqueta in East Harlem blamed Trump, who ran on promises of mass deportations and who has pursued an aggressive immigration enforcement agenda in office.
“We have had complaints…from immigrant tenants who are being harassed or threatened because of their immigration status,” Schneiderman said. “That harassment is not just inexcusable, it is against the law in New York. Every tenant has rights.”