Microenterprise Project

Being a commercial tenant in New York City is challenging. Tenants can feel like the rules are stacked against them. When commercial landlords fail to fulfill their duties to their tenants, tenants do not always know their rights are being violated or what to do about it. Even when tenants do understand their legal options, they may be unable to commit the money or time necessary to hold their landlords accountable. 



Through Advocacy for Commercial Tenants Program (ACT), the Microenterprise Project ensures that low to moderate-income commercial tenants have legal representation.  Our ACT team represents and advises eligible small business tenants on commercial leasing matters and disputes, provides educational trainings on commercial leasing, and advocates for policies to support small businesses in New York City. 

The cornerstone of ACT is the Commercial Lease Assistance Program (CLA). This program is funded by the New York City Department of Small Business Services and allows VOLS' staff attorneys to work directly with small business clients to help them with lease-related matters including: 

  • Drafting and negotiating a new lease
  • Drafting and negotiating a lease renewal
  • Reviewing an existing lease
  • Subleasing and assignments
  • Lease-related dispute resolutions with a landlord

How to Get Free Legal Help With Your Commercial Lease

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