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



This Operational Bulletin is issued pursuant to Sections
2522.4(a)(1)(2)(i)(d) and (11) of the Rent Stabilization Code,
which require the DHCR to issue and to utilize, in determining an
owner's eligibility for major capital improvement (MCI) rental
increases, a useful life schedule, which is in accordance with
manufacturing industry standards. DHCR shall also set forth
conditions under which the useful life requirement may be waived.
This schedule and the conditions for waiver shall be effective

Factors that were considered in establishing the following useful
life schedule include:

1)   wear and tear and decay or decline from natural causes;

2)   normal progress of the arts, economic changes, inventions
     and current developments; and

3)   climatic and other local conditions.


Replacement Item or Equipment      Years - Estimated Life

1) Boilers and Burners

(a) Cast Iron Boiler                                   35
(b) Package Boiler                                     25
(c) Steel Boiler                                       25
(d) Burners                                            20

2) Windows

(a) Aluminum                                           20
(b) Wood                                               25
(c) Steel                                              25
(d) Storm                                              20
(e) Vinyl                                              15

3) Roof

(a) 2 Ply (asphalt)                                    10
(b) 3-4 Ply (asphalt)                                  15
(c) 5 Ply (asphalt)                                    20
(d) Shingle                                            20
(e) Single ply rubber (EPDM)                           20
    (molecular breakdown)
    Ethlyne Propaline Diene Terpolimer
(f) Single ply Modified Bitumen                        10
(g) Quarry Tile                                        20

4) Pointing                                            15

5) Rewiring                                            25

6) Intercom System                                     15

7) Mailboxes                                           25

8) Plumbing Repiping

(a) Galvanized Steel                                   25
(b) TP Copper                                          30
(c) Brass cold water                                   15
(d) Fixtures                                           25

9)  Elevator

(a) Major Upgrade                                      25
(b) Controller's and Selector                          25

10) Doors

(a) Apartment Entrance                                 25
(b) Lobby/Vestibule                                    15

11) Bathroom Upgrading

(a) Toilets and Valves                                 20
(b) Bathroom and Sinks                                 20
(c) Vanity                                             20

11a) Kitchen Upgrading                                 20

(a) Metal/Wood Cabinets                                20
(b) Ranges                                             20
(c) Refrigerators                                      15
(d) Sinks                                              20

12) Water Tanks

(a) Metal                                              25
(b) Wood                                               20

(13) Waste Compactors                                  10

(14) Air Conditioner

(a) Individual Units/Sleeves                           10
(b) Central System                                     15
(c) Branch Circuitry Fixtures                          15

15) Aluminum Siding                                    25
    Vinyl Siding                                       15

16) Catwalk                                            25

17) Chimney

(a) Steel                                              25
(b) Brick                                              25

18) Courtyard/Walkways
    Cement                                             25

19) Fire Escapes                                       25

20) Fuel Oil Tank

(a) In Vaults                                          25
(b) Underground                                        20

21) Water Heating Units

(a) Hot Water/Central Heating                          20
(b) Hot Water Heater (Domestic                         10

22) Parapet
    Brick                                              25

23) Resurface Exterior Walls                           25

24) Solar Heating System                               25

25) Structural Steel                                   25

26) Television Security                                10

For major capital improvements not listed above, the owner must
submit with the MCI application evidence that the useful life of
the item or equipment being replaced has expired.

The foregoing useful life schedule establishes the period during
which an item is expected to be of service to the building or
building complex, in accordance with manufacturing industry
standards, However, compelling reasons may exist to grant an
owner's request for a waiver of the useful life requirements
stated above. Following are the conditions which an owner must
satisfy in order to be granted a waiver of the useful life


Where an owner wishes to request a waiver of the useful life
requirement, the owner shall apply to the DHCR for such waiver
prior to the commencement of the work for which he or she will be
seeking a major capital improvement (MCI) rental increase. DHCR
will approve or deny the waiver as promptly as possible.
Notwithstanding this requirement, where the waiver requested is
for an item being replaced because of an emergency, which causes
the building or any part thereof to be dangerous to human life
and safety or detrimental to health, an owner may apply to the
DHCR for such waiver at the time he or she submits the MCI

If the waiver is denied the owner will not be eligible for an MCI
increase. If the waiver is granted the useful life requirement
will not be a factor in the determination of eligibility for the
MCI increase. However, approval of the waiver in no way assures
that the MCI increase will be granted. The MCI application will
be subject to the same scrutiny in processing on every other
condition for eligibility and the increase may be denied if the
owner is found ineligible on any other grounds.


An owner may apply for, and the DHCR may grant, a waiver of the
useful life requirements as stated in the Useful Life Schedule if
the owner satisfactorily demonstrates that one or more of the
following circumstances existed:

     1)   The item or equipment cannot be repaired and must be
          replaced during its useful life because of a fire,
          vandalism or other emergency, or "act of God" resulting
          in an emergency: or

     2)   The item or equipment needs to be replaced since such
          item or equipment is beyond repair, or that spare parts
          are no longer available, or that the required repairs
          would cost more than 75% of the cost of the total
          replacement of the item or equipment. Certification by
          a duly licensed engineer or architect, who has no
          relationship, financial or otherwise, with the owner,
          shall be considered substantial proof of such
          condition(s). The owner may also be required to submit
          proof that the item or equipment was properly
          maintained. Such Proof could include receipts for
          repairs and parts or maintenance logs.

     3)        (a)  An appropriate New York State or local
               governmental agency has determined that the item
               or equipment needs to be replaced as part of a
               government housing program;

          (b)  For the owner to qualify for a New York State or
               local government long-term loan or insured loan,
               the governmental lender or insurer requires the
               remaining useful life of the building or building
               complex, as well as the component parts of such
               building or building complex, to be as great as or
               greater than the term of the loan agreement.

     4)   The replacement of an item or equipment which has
          proven inadequate, through no fault of the owner,
          provided that there had been no major capital
          improvement rent increase for that item or equipment
          being replaced


In the event that DHCR determines that an installation qualifies
for a waiver of the useful life requirements, the agency may:

1)   where no previous increase was granted within the useful
     life of the item or equipment being replaced and the cost of
     repair would equal or exceed the cost of replacement DHCR
     would approve 100% of the substantiated cost of the item or
     equipment, including installation;

2)   where no previous increase was granted within the useful
     life of the item or equipment being replaced and the cost of
     repair is more than 75% of the cost of replacement DHCR
     would grant a prorated increase based upon the remaining
     useful life.

3)   where it is determined that an item is eligible to be
     replaced during its useful life, the increase granted shall
     be the difference between the substantiated cost of the item
     or equipment, including installation, and (a) the amount
     reimbursed from other sources, such as insurance proceeds,
     or any other form of commercial guarantee, etc., and (b) the
     amount of any increase previously granted for the same item
     or equipment either as a major capital improvement, or
     pursuant to other governmental programs, if such item or
     equipment has not exhausted at least 75 percent of its
     useful life at the time of the installation.

4)   where it is determined that an item is eligible to be
     replaced even though it has not exhausted 75% of its useful
     life and it was installed as part of a substantial
     rehabilitation or the new construction of a building for
     which the owner set initial building-wide rents, DHCR may
     reduce the increase granted as a MCI by a proportion of the
     remaining useful life of such item or equipment.

Notwithstanding the above, where an owner has substantially
commenced work on the major capital improvement installation
before the effective date of this Operational Bulletin, based on
prior DHCR decisions and policies, and where adherence to these
requirements or to the conditions of the waiver would create an
undue hardship, the owner's application will be determined in
accordance with those prior decisions and policies.

Elliot G. Sander
Deputy Commissioner for Rent Administration




On September 26, 1990, the DHCR issued Operational Bulletin: 90-
2, Useful Life Schedule for Major Capital Improvements.

In an effort to inform owners of the issuance of the Useful Life
Schedule, the DHCR distributed it through the Owner Advisory
Committee to owner organizations and publications.

In recognition of the fact that there may be a lag between the
DHCR promulgation of the Bulletin and the time its existence
becomes general knowledge, the DHCR is providing a grace period
(September 26, 1990 February 1, 1991) before fully implementing
the waiver provisions of the Useful Life Schedule. The Bulletin,
which is effective as of September 26, 1990, requires an owner
who requests a waiver of the useful life requirements to file
before commencing work on the major capital improvement
installation. For the duration of the grace period an owner may
file a request for a waiver after the work has begun. The DHCR
will determine an owner's application for waiver in accordance
with prior decisions and policies, if an owner can demonstrate
that work was substantially commenced on the major capital
improvement prior to February 1, 1991 and adherence to the
requirements of the bulletin or to the conditions of the waiver
would create an undue hardship.

A request for a waiver should be made by sending a letter to the
MCI Unit of the DHCR explaining the circumstances and including
the necessary documentation.

Elliot G. Sander
Deputy Commissioner for Rent Administration

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Queens Central Office
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Jamaica, NY 11433
(718) 739-6400

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Bronx, NY 10458
(718) 563-5678

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3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 780-9246

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9th Floor
NY, NY 10038
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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

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55 Church Street, 3rd Floor
White Plains, NY 10601
(914) 948-4434

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Spring Valley, NY 10977
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Albany, NY 12210
(518) 432-0596

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