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
Mario M. Cuomo, Governor
Donald M. Halperin, Commissioner
Joseph A. D'Agosta, Deputy Commissioner for Rent Administration
THIRD ANNUAL UPDATE (AIR CONDITIONERS) OF SECTION B OF SUPPLEMENT
NO. 1 TO OPERATIONAL BULLETIN 84-4 (SEPTEMBER 30, 1988)
B. PERMISSIBLE CHARGES FOR THE INSTALLATION OF AN AIR
CONDITIONER FOR BOTH RENT CONTROLLED AND RENT STABILIZED HOUSING
ACCOMMODATIONS IN NEW YORK CITY.
This Annual Update is issued pursuant to Section 2527.11(b) of
the Rent Stabilization Code, and Section 2202.4 of the New York
City Rent and Eviction Regulations.
An owner may charge a tenant the following amounts for the
initial installation of an air conditioner between October 1.
1988 and September 30, 1989:
(1) $195.26* per annum per air conditioner ($16.27 per month),
where the tenant installs his or her own air conditioner,
and "free" electricity is included in the rent. This initial
charge is subject to adjustment on October 1, 1989 and each
subsequent October 1st thereafter. It will be adjusted
either upward or downward depending upon whether the "Price
Index of Operating Costs for Rent Stabilized Apartment
Houses in New York City," prepared for the New York City
Rent Guidelines Board by ABT Associates, Inc., (or such
other research company as the Rent Guidelines Board may
choose), shows an increase or decrease in the cost of
electricity for electrical inclusion buildings.
(2) $195.26 per annum, per air conditioner ($16.27 per month)
where "free" electricity is included in the rent, plus one-
fortieth (1/40th) of the cost of the new air conditioner
where the owner, with the tenant's written consent, installs
a new air conditioner for the tenant.
(3) $5.00 per month per air conditioner where the tenant pays
for his or her own electricity and installs his or her own
air conditioner, which protrudes beyond the window line.
These charges will apply to both Rent Controlled and Rent
Stabilized housing accommodations in New York City, for air
conditioners installed on or after October 1, 1988, pursuant to
provisions (1), (2) or (3) above regardless of any prior,
differing charges and procedures. Moreover, except as to the rent
increase for the new air conditioner (Item (2) above), none of
these charges shall be part of the base rent for the purpose of
computing any guidelines or other increases under the Rent
Stabilization Law or Code.
For air conditioners in electrical inclusion buildings, installed
between October 1, 1985 and September 30, 1988, the allowable
charge per annum is hereby further reduced to $195.26 per air
conditioner ($16.27 per month), effective October 1, 1988. For
air conditioners initially installed prior to October 1, 1985,
the permissible charge is dependent upon the lawful practice then
Elliot G. Sander
Deputy Commissioner for Rent Administration
Deputy Commissioner and Counsel
* The 1988 charge (estimated average operating cost) per air
conditioner of $209.39 per annum ($1.45 per month) is
reduced to reflect a 6.75% decline in the price of
electricity for electrical inclusion buildings. See "1988
Price Index of Operating Cost for Rent Stabilized Apartment
Houses in New York City," ABT Associates, Inc., Page 55,
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