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NOTE: Retroactive to June 15, 2015, the Rent Law of 2015 went into effect. This website has not yet been updated to reflect the new Rent Law. Notably, the new law effects calculation of vacancy leases; high-rent deregulation; and Major Capital Improvements (MCI's). For assistance, please contact the NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR), the agency that regulates rent stabilized apartments in NYC, or visit their website.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  Affordable Housing in NYC   I Need Help Paying My Rent
  Conversion & Demolition   Is It Legal For My Rent To Increase More Than Guidelines Allow?
  Co-ops & Condos   Is My Apartment Rent Stabilized?
  Decontrol and Destabilization   How Can I Find An Affordable Apartment?
  Leases - General   When Can A Rent Stabilized Apartment Be Deregulated?
  Leases - Renewal & Vacancy   Am I Paying The Correct Rent?
  Miscellaneous - including Pets, Fees, Housing Court   How Do I Get Things Fixed In My Apartment?
  Owner/Landlord Questions   Can I Break My Lease?
  Primary Residence   Can I Sublet My Apartment?
  Quality of Life - including Bed Bugs/Mice/Insects, Heat/Hot Water, Noise, Apt/Bldg Safety   What Are The Rules Regarding Roommates?
  Rent Control   How Do I Get My Security Deposit Back?
  Rent Stabilization  
  Rents and Rent Increases - including Preferential Rents, Overcharges, MCI/IAI Increases   In addition: The NYS Homes and Community Renewal's Office of Rent Administration (DHCR) also offers useful information on their Web site, with special web pages for both owners and tenants, as well as their own FAQ page.
  Repairs & Maintenance - including Superintendents, Painting, Distressed/7A Bldgs   Also, has a Buildings and Property FAQ that may provide useful answers.
  Roommate Issues & Leases    
  Security Deposits    
  Succession Rights    
Tax Abatement & Exemption Programs - 421a and J-51 Housing    

If you have not found the answer to your question on our site, please email the Rent Guidelines Board.

Web page updated 8/20/2015

Disclaimer: By providing answers to frequently asked questions, the staff of the Rent Guidelines Board attempts to clarify the often complex programs and regulations governing landlord tenant relations in NYC. However, the information provided herein does not represent official policies or opinions of the City of New York or the Rent Guidelines Board nor should this information be used to substitute for advice of legal counsel. Always Open Go to: NYC-311 Home | Contact Us | Directory | Privacy Policy