[Note: provisions of this Fact Sheet may not be current pursuant
to 1993 revisions of the Rent Stabilization Law.]

Division of Housing and Community Renewal


A building owner may raise the rent in an individual apartment
based on increased services, new equipment, or improvements. This
increase is in addition to the regular annual Rent Guidelines
Board increases for rent stabilized apartments, and Maximum Base
Rent increases for rent controlled apartments.

If owners add new services, improvements, or new equipment to an
occupied NYC rent stabilized apartment, they must get the
tenant's written consent to pay the increase. The owner may
charge the tenant a rent increase equal to 1/40 of the cost of
the new equipment, including installation costs but not finance
charges. An order from the DHCR is not required before the owner
may collect this type of rent increase.

For rent stabilized apartments outside NYC, or for rent
controlled apartments statewide, a DHCR order is required before
the increase can be collected. The owner must submit the Owner's
Application for a Rent Increase Based on Increased Services,
Furnishings or Equipment with the Tenant's Consent, Expressed or
Implied [DHCR form RA-79b].

If any apartment is vacant, the owner does not have to get either
prior approval by DHCR or written consent of a tenant to collect
the 1/40 increase.

The owner should keep all bills for improved services, new
equipment, or improvements to prove their cost in the event a
tenant challenges the rent increase.

For information about building-wide improvements see Fact Sheets
on Major Capital Improvements.

DHCR Fact Sheets (series of thirty) are issued by the New York
State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) as plain-
english informational publications.  For official agency
policies, see DHCR Policy Statements, Advisory Opinions and
Operational Bulletins. Also refer to the Rent Stabilization Code,
the Rent Stabilization Law and various Rent Control Statutes.

Electronic versions of these documents on TenantNet are for
informational purposes only and there is no guarantee they will
be accepted by any court (or even DHCR) as true copies of DHCR
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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
(718) 739-6400

One Fordham Plaza
Bronx, NY 10458
(718) 563-5678

250 Schermerhorn St.
3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 780-9246

Lower Manhattan
156 William Street
9th Floor
NY, NY 10038
(212) 240-6011, 6012
South side of 110th St. and below

Upper Manhattan
163 W. 125th St.
5th Floor
NY, NY 10027
(212) 961-8930
North side of 110th St. and above

Staten Island
350 St. Mark's Place
Room 105
Staten island, NY 10301
(718) 816-0277

Nassau County District Rent Office
50 Clinton Street, 6th Floor
Hempstead, NY 11550
(516) 481-9494

Westchester County District Rent Office
55 Church Street, 3rd Floor
White Plains, NY 10601
(914) 948-4434

Rockland County District Rent Office
94-96 North Main St.
Spring Valley, NY 10977
(914) 425-6575

Albany Regional Office
119 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210
(518) 432-0596

Buffalo Regional Office
Ellicot Square Building
295 Main St., Room 438
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 856-1382


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