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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  Affordable Housing in NYC

Conversion & Demolition

  I Need Help Paying My Rent
  Co-ops & Condos   How Long Does My Preferential Rent Stay In Effect?
  Decontrol and Destabilization   Does My Building Contain Rent Stabilized Units?
  Leases - General   Help Me Find A New Apartment
  Leases - Renewal & Vacancy   When Can A Rent Stabilized Apartment Be Deregulated?
  Miscellaneous - including Pets, Fees, Housing Court   Am I Paying The Correct Rent?
  Owner/Landlord Questions   How Do I Get Things Fixed In My Apartment?
  Primary Residence   Can I Break My Lease?
  Quality of Life - including Bed Bugs/Mice/Insects, Heat/Hot Water, Noise, Apt/Bldg Safety   Can I Sublet My Apartment?
  Rent Control   What Are The Rules Regarding Roommates?
  Rent Stabilization   How Do I Get My Security Deposit Back?
  Rents and Rent Increases - including Preferential Rents, Overcharges, MCI/IAI Increases    
  Repairs & Maintenance - including Superintendents, Painting, Distressed/7A Bldgs    
  Roommate Issues & Leases    
  Security Deposits    
  Succession Rights    
Tax Abatement & Exemption Programs - 421a and J-51 Housing    

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.

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

Web page updated 1/29/2014

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: Home | Contact Us | FAQs | Privacy Statement | Site Map