The New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) is the state agency that administers the Rent Stabilization and Rent Control systems. DHCR has jurisdiction over many aspects of the landlord-tenant relationship, including the legal rent, the providing of various services and complaints of landlord harassment. In addition, landlords are able to apply to DHCR for increases in rent based on Major Capital Improvements or for other reasons.
Tenants and Landlords may initiate proceedings by filing complaints or applications with DHCR. After the agency collects evidence from both the tenant and landlord, it renders a decision by the District Rent Administrator (DRA) -- sometimes referred to as the District Rent Office (DRO).
Either party may then appeal the decision at the agency level by filing a Petition for Administrative Review (PAR) within 35 days. A PAR decision -- or sometimes called a Commissioner's Decision -- represents the final decision of the agency before parties may appeal in the state courts.
In 1994, under pressure from tenant advocates, DHCR released approximately 6,000 PAR decisions. After Governor Pataki took office in 1995, DHCR refused to release other decisions in bulk. These decisions generally cover the 1990-1994 period and in many cases do not reflect current law or DHCR practice. The reader is cautioned to be aware of changes to the Rent Stabilization Law, the Rent Stabilization Code and DHCR practice since 1994. Also this database does not include all decisions prior to 1994 as DHCR intentionally withheld many decisions for unknown reasons.