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
< OPERATIONAL BULLETIN 85-1 (EMERGENCY) (DECEMBER 10, 1985) >
SUCCESSION/RIGHT TO RENEW A LEASE IN A RENT STABILIZED HOUSING
This Operational Bulletin has been prepared to establish the
conditions under which tenants of Rent Stabilized housing
accommodations are entitled to renew leases or rental agreements
for Rent Stabilized accommodations located inside New York City.
1) An owner of a rent stabilized housing accommodation is
required to offer a tenant and his or her immediate family
the automatic right to renew his or her lease for one or two
years. The owner may charge a Rent Guidelines Board Increase
based on the length of the renewal lease term which the
tenant selects, but the renewal lease must be on the same
terms and conditions as the expiring lease, except for the
special clauses which the Stabilization Law or Code permits
the owner to add.
2) An owner of a rent stabilized housing accommodation is
required to offer a non-immediate family member as defined
herein, who has continuously resided in the dwelling unit as
a primary resident since the commencement of the tenancy, or
the beginning of the relationship, the right to first
refusal of a new lease. In the event the non-immediate
family member accepts a lease, the owner may charge the
maximum legal rent allowed.
3) At the owner's option, a new lease may be offered at the
maximum legal rent to an occupant of a rent stabilized
housing accommodation other than the tenant, immediate
family, or non-immediate family member as herein defined. in
the event the tenant listed on the initial lease is no
longer in occupancy.
For housing accommodations other than hotels, the named tenant on
the lease or rental agreement, or any member of the tenant's
immediate family who has continuously resided in the dwelling
unit as a primary resident since the commencement of the tenancy
or the beginning of the relationship as a member of the immediate
Notwithstanding the foregoing, where the named tenant or member
of his or her immediate family is a senior citizen or disabled
person a tenant shall also include a member of the immediate
family as defined herein, provided that such family member has
maintained his or her primary residence at the dwelling unit for
the purpose of providing health care to such individual, for one
year prior to the date that such individual either dies or
permanently vacates such dwelling unit and has no legal right to
occupy another rent regulated dwelling unit in the State of New
York. A tenant shall also include a senior citizen or disabled
person who establishes residence with a member of his or her
immediate family, provided that such senior citizen or disabled
person has maintained his or her primary residence at the
dwelling unit of such family member, for the purpose of receiving
health care from such family member, for one year prior to the
date that such family member either dies or permanently vacates
such dwelling unit, and has no legal right to occupy another rent
regulated dwelling unit in the State of New York.
For housing accommodations other than hotels, upon the expiration
of a prior lease or rental agreement, the tenant shall have the
right of one or two years, except that where a mortgage or a
mortgage commitment existing as of April 1, 1984, prohibits the
granting of one year lease terms or the tenant is the recipient
of a Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption pursuant to Sections
YY51-4.1 and 4.1.1 of the Administrative Code of the City of New
York, the tenant may not select a one year lease.
A husband, wife, son, daughter, stepson, stepdaughter, father,
Non-Immediate Family Member
A brother, sister, nephew, niece, uncle, aunt, grandfather,
grandmother, grandson, granddaughter, father-in-law. mother-in-
law. son-in-law, daughter-in-law.
A person who is sixty-two years of age or older.
A person who has an impairment which results from anatomical,
physiological or psychological conditions, other than addiction
to alcohol, gambling, or any controlled substance, which are
demonstrable by medically acceptable clinical and laboratory
diagnostic techniques, and which are expected to be permanent.
William B. Eimicke
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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