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: 88-2 (OCTOBER 13, 1988)
This Advisory Opinion is issued pursuant to sections 2522.5(c)(1)
and 2527.11 of the Rent Stabilization Code ("Code").
Pursuant to Advisory Opinion 87-5 issued on October 1, 1987, the
New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal ("DHCR")
promulgated the new Rent Stabilization Lease Rider ("Rider").
Section 2522.5(c)(1) of the Code requires that the Rider also be
available in Spanish.
Commencing November 1988, the DHCR will make the Spanish language
version of the Rider available to owners, who must deliver a copy
upon request to each rent stabilized tenant to whom the owner is
required to furnish a copy of the Rider.
On and after January 1, 1989, the following penalties may be
imposed where an owner fails to comply with a request for the
Spanish language version of the Rider:
A. If an owner does not respond to the tenant's request, the
tenant may file form RA-90 ("Tenant's Complaint Of Owner's
Failure To Renew Lease And/Or Failure To Furnish A Copy Of A
B. Upon complaint by a tenant, the DHCR will order the owner to
serve the Spanish language version of the Rider by certified
mail. Non-compliance by the owner within 20 days of such
order will result in the denial of any rent increases
commencing on or after January 1, 1989, resulting from a
guidelines lease adjustment, a Hardship, or a Major Capital
Improvement, until the Spanish language Rider is served.
The service of the Spanish language Rider will result in the
prospective elimination of such penalty. In addition, an,
owner who fails to serve a tenant with the Spanish language
Rider after being ordered to do so by the DHCR may be
subject to monetary penalties.
For general informational purposes, a copy of DHCR Advisory
Opinion 87-5 is included with this Advisory Opinion. Owners who
are required to serve the Spanish language version of the Rider
pursuant to a vacancy lease are particularly advised to consult
the "FOR VACANCY LEASES ONLY" section of Advisory Opinion 87-5,
which contains instructions for the completion of this section of
The Spanish language version of the Rider will be available at
DHCR's Public Information Offices commencing in November 1988,
and will also be available at legal stationery stores.
October 13, 1988
ELLIOT G. SANDER
DENNIS B. HASHER
Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel
DHCR Advisory Opinions are issued by the New York State Division
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
of discretion. In such instances, the agency must show it's
interpretation is consistent with past practice and rational.
Discretion is different from mandates where the agency is obliged
to follow certain policies, practices or interpretations.
Mandates are usually based in (and stated in) the law.
In many instances, the agency refuses (or fails) to issue
official interpretations in order to maintain it's discretion. In
practice, such unaccountable discretion is seen by some as an
abuse of the intent of the rent laws.
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of DHCR policy. The reader is advised to obtain true copies of
these documents from DHCR.
Also see DHCR Policy Statements, DHCR Operational Bulletins, the
Rent Stabilization Code, the Rent Stabilization Law and various
Rent Control Statutes.
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For more information or assistance. call the DHCR Rent Infoline
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