UHAB offers a variety of assistance and training courses tailored to meet the needs of New York City’s cooperatives and tenants.
UHAB staff guide residents through the co-op conversion process in private and city-owned buildings. For more on city-owned buildings see information on the Tenant Interim Lease program, below.
UHAB's relationship with tenants doesn’t end after buildings become co-ops:
Free, ongoing classes and seminars teach tenants how to develop a tenant association, manage a building, use software for bookkeeping, and more.
Our website contains a variety of useful resources and information for use by tenants. Visit our Members section for UHAB's document library, and our UHAB University page for information on upcoming classes.
- The Neighborhood Training and Resource Center in Harlem hosts classes and also provides direct, one-on-one counseling and assistance to building leaders.
Since 1979, the City of New York has allowed tenants to purchase formerly city-owned buildings for conversion to low-income co-ops through the Tenant Interim Lease (TIL) program.
UHAB helped design, shape and oversee the original pilot program. In 25 years, more than 100 buildings have been converted to co-ops through TIL.
Now UHAB oversees the conversion of future co-ops in the program. Nearly 300 buildings are currently enrolled in TIL, and the program accounts for 85% of UHAB’s co-op creation.
How TIL Works:
1. A building enters TIL, and for several years maintains service (such as repairs and upgrades) through the city.
2. With TIL staff, tenants in the program:
- Take over the supervision of their building.
- Attend training classes on management, bookkeeping, maintenance/ repair, and cooperative governance.
- Have one-on-one counseling with TIL staff for help with budgeting, organizing, and more.
3. Tenants purchase the building as an HDFC (Housing Development Fund Corporation), or limited-equity co-op. Each buyer pays $250 per apartment.
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