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



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
in effect.

Elliot G. Sander
Deputy Commissioner for Rent Administration

Dennis Hasher
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,
     May, 1988.

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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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