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


Emergency Tenant Protection Act
Rent Stabilization Law

< OPERATIONAL BULLETIN 91-2 (DECEMBER L 1991) >

PENALTIES FOR FAILURE TO PAY BILLED ADMINISTRATIVE FEES FOR NEW
YORK CITY RENT STABILIZED ACCOMMODATIONS OR FOR APARTMENTS
COVERED BY THE EMERGENCY TENANT PROTECTION ACT


This Operational Bulletin is being issued to implement DHCR's
policies with respect to enforcement of the legally mandated
penalties for failure to pay the administrative fees billed by
New York City or the municipalities which have adopted the
Emergency Tenant Protection Act (ETPA).

Section 26-517.1 of the Rent Stabilization Law and Section 8 of
the Emergency Tenant Protection Act provide for the imposition of
a fee on owners of housing accommodations "subject" to the RSL
and ETPA to assist DHCR in defraying the cost of administering
such laws.

Pursuant to DHCR Policy Statement 89-7 (approved June 21, 1989),
the administrative fee is assessed against all regulated
accommodations including accommodations which are temporarily
exempt from rent stabilization. For example, an apartment which
is occupied by the building's owner or by the building's
superintendent, or a stabilized hotel or SRO accommodation which
is occupied by a transient tenant is temporarily exempt from
stabilization but the owner will be billed the administrative fee
for such housing accommodations.

When advised by the municipal agency charged with collecting the
annual administrative fee that an owner has not paid the fee, the
DHCR will send a notice with a copy of the bill notifying that
failure to pay the billed fee, together with any additional
charges or interest, to the municipal agency and to submit proof
of such payment to the DHCR within 60 days of the date of the
notice shall result in a DHCR order subjecting the owner to the
penalties prescribed by law, as described below.

FAILURE TO PAY THE BILLED FEE WILL RESULT IN A DHCR ORDER FIXING
THE RENT FOR THE SUBJECT HOUSING ACCOMMODATION AT THE LEVEL
REGISTERED WITH THE DHCR AS OF THE APRIL 1ST BEFORE THE DUE DATE
OF THE ORIGINAL ADMINISTRATIVE FEE BILLING. THE OWNER WILL BE
PRECLUDED FROM COLLECTING ANY RENT IN EXCESS OF SUCH LEVEL FROM
THE FIRST RENT PAYMENT DATE FOLLOWING THE DUE DATE STATED IN THE
ORIGINAL ADMINISTRATIVE FEE BILLING. IF THE OWNER HAS COLLECTED A
RENT IN EXCESS OF THE FROZEN RENT, THE OWNER SHALL BE LIABLE TO
THE TENANT FOR A PENALTY EQUAL TO THREE TIMES THE AMOUNT OF SUCH
OVERCHARGE. IN ADDITION, UNTIL THE FEE IS PAID, THE OWNER IS
BARRED FROM APPLYING FOR OR COLLECTING ANY FURTHER RENT
INCREASES.

The rent as established above shall remain in effect until the
owner has paid the delinquent amount to the municipal agency
charged with collecting the administrative fee. Upon submission
of proof of payment (the canceled check in the precise amount of
the bill issued by the municipal agency and made payable to such
agency) to DHCR, the DHCR will issue a notice lifting the
penalty.


Elliot G. Sander
Deputy Commissioner for Rent Administration

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DHCR Operational Bulletins are issued by the New York State
Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) and update
agency administration of the rent laws.

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of DHCR policy. The reader is advised to obtain true copies of
these documents from DHCR. Also see DHCR Policy Statements,
DHCR Advisory Opinions, the Rent Stabilization Code, the Rent
Stabilization Law and various Rent Control Statutes.

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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

Bronx
One Fordham Plaza
Bronx, NY 10458
(718) 563-5678

Brooklyn
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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