New York State
Division of Housing and Community Renewal
Office of Rent Administration
Gertz Plaza, 92-31 Union Hall St.
Jamaica, New York 11433
Public Information: (718)739-6400
NEW YORK CITY RENT STABILIZATION CODE
ADVISORY OPINION: 87-3 (JULY 31, 1987)
This Advisory Opinion is issued pursuant to Sections 2520.7 and
2527.11 of the Rent Stabilization Code.
Advisory Opinion 87-1 postponed the effective date for
implementation of certain provisions of the Rent Stabilization
Code to August 1, 1987. Except as otherwise set forth below, the
DHCR has determined that it is necessary to continue to postpone
the implementation of these provisions to October 1, 1987:
1. a. SECTION 2527.3 - NOTICE TO THE PARTIES AFFECTED
Subdivision (a) - which provides that the DHCR shall
serve all parties adversely affected thereby with a
copy of any application, complaint, answer or reply.
b. SECTION 2529.4 - SERVICE AND FILING OF A PAR
Subdivision (b) - which provides that the DHCR shall
serve a copy of a PAR upon the adverse party.
The continued postponement of these sections applies only to
PAR's and to applications relating to building-wide improvements,
including MCI's and hardships.
2. SECTION 2522.4 - ADJUSTMENT OF LEGAL REGULATED RENT
The following provisions which establish new processing
standards and requirements.
SUBDIVISIONS (A)(2)(D) - "Useful Life" will continue to be
applied to the extent currently utilized by the DHCR; a more
extensive "Useful Life" schedule, including provisions for
the waiver thereof under certain conditions, shall be made
available and relied upon by the DHCR on or after October 1,
SUBDIVISION (A)(3) - The accelerated MCI procedure.
SUBDIVISION (A)(12) - The allocation by the DHCR on a per-
room basis of a monthly rent adjustment pursuant to a
However, implementation of the following provision of
Section 2522.4, as postponed by Advisory Opinion 87-1 to
August 1, 1987, shall become effective on August 1, 1987:
SUBDIVISION (A)(8) - The requirement that an application for
an increase based upon an MCI be filed no later than 2 years
after the completion of the installation or improvement.
3. SECTION 2522.5 - LEASE AGREEMENTS
SUBDIVISION (C)(1) - The promulgation by the DHCR of a Lease
Rider pursuant to this subdivision is postponed to September
1, 1987. However, the current Lease Rider promulgated by the
DHCR on April 1, 1985 shall continue to be effective, except
to the extent that any provisions thereof are inconsistent
with the Code. Such inconsistencies in the present Rider
include the required approval by the DHCR of increases based
upon furnishing of new equipment in occupied apartments
where the tenant consents; and the reference to an annual
15% limitation upon building-wide increases. Such increases
are limited to 6%, which limitations shall not be waived by
the DHCR. Owners must continue to furnish the present Rider
to each tenant signing a vacancy or renewal lease. The new
Rider will be provided to owners by the DHCR at the District
Rent Offices no later than September 1, 1987.
Promulgation by the DHCR of a Spanish language version of
the revised Rider is postponed to October 1, 1987.
SUBDIVISION (C)(2) - The promulgation by the DHCR of a
Spanish language version of the Notice Of Rights And Duties
Of Hotel Owners And Tenants is postponed to October 1, 1987.
Advisory Opinion 87-2 postponed to July 1, 1987, the
imposition of penalties for failure to serve the English
version of the Notice. However, the DHCR has informed owners
that the imposition of penalties for failure to serve the
Notice upon registration will not commence until August 1,
1987. In addition, owners will be permitted to furnish the
Notice no later than October 30, 1987 to all occupants who
move in prior to August 1, 1987.
4 SECTION 2523.5 - NOTICE FOR RENEWAL OF LEASE AND RENEWAL
SUBDIVISION (A) - As set forth in Advisory Opinion 87-1, the
required use of the new lease renewal notice form to be
prescribed by the DHCR has been postponed to October 1,
Dated: July 31, 1987
for Rent Administration
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of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) and represent the
agency's interpretation of the rent laws.
On any challenge or appeal, the agency may claim it has wide
"discretion" to interpret the rent laws as it sees fit, as long
as it's interpretation is not arbitrary, capricious or an abuse
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at (718) 739-6400, or visit your Borough Rent Office.
Queens Central Office
92-31 Union Hall St. 4th Fl.
Jamaica, NY 11433
One Fordham Plaza
Bronx, NY 10458
250 Schermerhorn St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
156 William Street
NY, NY 10038
(212) 240-6011, 6012
South side of 110th St. and below
163 W. 125th St.
NY, NY 10027
North side of 110th St. and above
350 St. Mark's Place
Staten island, NY 10301
Nassau County District Rent Office
50 Clinton Street, 6th Floor
Hempstead, NY 11550
Westchester County District Rent Office
55 Church Street, 3rd Floor
White Plains, NY 10601
Rockland County District Rent Office
94-96 North Main St.
Spring Valley, NY 10977
Albany Regional Office
119 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210
Buffalo Regional Office
Ellicot Square Building
295 Main St., Room 438
Buffalo, NY 14203