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
New York City Rent Stabilization Code
New York City Rent and Eviction Regulations
FIFTH ANNUAL UPDATE (AIR CONDITIONERS) OF SECTION B OF SUPPLEMENT
NO. I TO OPERATIONAL BULLETIN 84-4 (SEPTEMBER 25, 1990)
B. PERMISSIBLE CHARGES FOR THE USE AND OR INITIAL 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 of the
Rent Stabilization Code, and Section 2209.8 of the New York City
Rent and Eviction Regulations.
ELECTRICAL INCLUSION BUILDINGS
An owner may charge a tenant $224.53* per annum per air
conditioner ($18.71 per month) for air conditioners in rent
stabilized and rent controlled accommodations which are initially
installed between October 1, 1990 and September 30, 1991 if
electricity costs are included in the rent.
For RENT STABILIZED APARTMENTS, this electrical inclusion charge
shall take effect on October 1, 1990 and will thereafter be
annually adjusted 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 Speedwell 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
For air conditioners in rent stabilized accommodations in
electrical inclusion buildings installed between October 1, 1985
and September 30, 1990, the allowable charge per annum is hereby
increased to $224.53 per air conditioner ($18.71 per month),
effective October 1, 1990.
Owner Performs Installation
Where the air conditioner is purchased and installed by the owner
with the rent controlled or rent stabilized tenant's written
consent, one-fortieth (1/40th) of the cost of the new air
conditioner may be included in the base rent.
Tenant Performs Installation
Where the rent controlled or rent stabilized tenant purchases and
installs his or her own air conditioner between October 1, 1990
and September 30, 1991, a $5.00 per month per air conditioner
charge will be payable to the owner only if the air conditioner
protrudes beyond the window line.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
For RENT STABILIZED APARTMENTS, these charges, with the exception
of the one-fortieth charge for the owner-purchased and installed
air conditioner, do not become 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 initially
installed prior to October 1, 1985, the permissible charge is
dependent upon the lawful practice then in effect.
Owners can collect the charges from rent stabilized tenants
without an order from the DHCR. However, an owner cannot collect
the charges now for an air conditioner if the owner did not begin
charging for the air conditioner at the time it was installed or
within a reasonable period of time thereafter. A reasonable
period is generally considered to be that amount of time in which
an owner would be expected to learn that the air conditioner was
These charges remain collectible throughout the year even if the
air conditioner is removed temporarily, i.e. during the winter
For RENT CONTROLLED APARTMENTS, the owner must apply to the DHCR
before collecting any of these charges. An owner may apply to the
DHCR by submitting the "Owner's Application for a Rent Increase
Based on Increased Services, Furnishings or Equipment", (DHCR
form RA-79B). The increase is not collectible until an order to
increase the rent is issued by the DHCR. If the owner previously
received approval for charges related to the installation of an
air conditioner in a rent controlled accommodation where
electricity is included in the rent or for an air conditioner
purchased and installed by the tenant; no additional charges will
be approved for that apartment unless an additional air
conditioner is installed.
The electrical inclusion charge and the $5.00 per month charge
for a tenant purchased and installed air conditioner in a rent
controlled apartment become part of the maximum collectible rent,
but they do not affect the compounding of the maximum base rent.
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
* The 1989 charge (estimated average operating cost) per air
conditioner of $205.80 per annum ($17.15 per month) is
increased to reflect a 9.10% increase in the price of
electricity for electrical inclusion buildings. See "1990
Price Index of Operating Cost for Rent Stabilized Apartment
Housing in New York City," Speedwell Inc., Page 46. June.
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