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



The Rent Stabilization Law and Code require owners to file an
initial registration for each rent stabilized housing
accommodation and to thereafter file annual updates with the
DHCR.  Owners must serve copies of the registrations on the
tenant.  This Policy Statement is being issued to provide
guidance to owners concerning the type of documentation an owner
must submit to the DHCR to substantiate proper registration
including proof of service on the tenant in response to a DHCR
notice requesting such proof.

As more fully described below, in some instances, the evidence
submitted will be "conclusive" (sufficient by itself) to
determine the issue, and in some instances the 'totality of the
evidence" (including documents which have already been filed with
the DHCR, and documents submitted by tenants) will be
determinative of the issue.


     In a DHCR proceeding, when the issue is raised of failure to
     file an initial or annual registration due in any year, any
     one of the following documents, if included with the owner's
     response to the DHCR notice requesting such information,
     will be conclusive evidence of such filing:

     - Registration Receipt from the DHCR Rent Registration
       Unit; or

     - DHCR date stamped copy of the registration form; or

     - Original affidavit of service by the person who actually
       did the mailing, or who was responsible for overseeing the
       owner's mailing procedures, sworn to contemporaneously
       with the filing with the DHCR.


     Registration receipts only became uniformly available in
     1988.  Therefore, if none of the documents described above
     as conclusive evidence is available, DHCR will accept other
     proof of registration for such prior years, based upon the
     totality of the evidence, as indicated below.

     Provided that DHCR records corroborate the owner's
     substantial compliance with registration requirements for
     the building, an owner may establish the filing of an
     initial or annual registration statement with the DHCR for
     any year prior to 1988 by submitting as many of the
     documents listed below as possible.  Although no-single
     document shall be conclusive proof of filing, the totality
     of evidence submitted shall be considered in determining
     whether such filing was made.

     - Certified Mail Receipt or Post Office Proof of Mailing to
       DHCR Rent Registration Unit;

     - Notarized Registration Summary Form;

     - Affidavit of Service made after the filing with the DHCR
       by the person who actually did the mailing or who was
       responsible for overseeing the owner's mailing procedures;

     - Receipts, bills, affidavits or other proof of service
       from an organization or an agent who was contracted by the
       owner to file registration forms with the DHCR on the
       owner s behalf;

     - Admission of service by tenants or substantial proof of
       service of the registration on tenants.

     Where, based upon consideration of the entire record, the
     rent being collected from the tenant of the subject
     apartment is not consistent with the application of
     appropriate guidelines and other permissible increases, and
     therefore the owner is collecting an overcharge, there will
     be a rebuttable presumption of non-registration of that


     A. Prior to May 1, 1987:

     The method of service on the tenant of the initial
     registration prior to the May 1, 1987 effective date of the
     amended Code was specified in the DHCR's registration
     instructions.  The only acceptable proof of this service on
     the tenant for initial registrations filed prior to May 1,
     1987 is:

     - A contemporaneously signed receipt (the original receipt,
       not a copy) from the tenant acknowledging hand delivery of
       the initial registration form; or

     - A Post Office receipt certifying the date and the number
       of pieces of mail to the building included in the Carrier
       Route Pre-Sort service along with a list of the mailing
       addresses furnished by the RSA or by a bonded mailing
       house; or

     - A signed and dated form #P03877, Acceptance of Registered,
       Insured, C.O.D., and Certified Mail," which proves the
       date of delivery of first class mail to the Post Office.

     B. On or after May 1, 1987:

     For initial registrations completed on or after May 1, 1987,
     the Code requires service by certified mail. Therefore, the
     only acceptable proof of service is a date-stamped Post
     Office receipt for the certified mailing to the tenant of
     the registration form. However, the original of the tenant's
     signed receipt acknowledging hand delivery of the form will
     also be accepted.


     A. Conclusive Evidence:

     - Certified Mail Receipt or Post Office Proof of Mailing to
       tenant; or

     - Statement from tenant acknowledging receipt of tenant's
       copy of registration.

     B. Proof of Service Based Upon Totality of Evidence:

     - Receipts, bills, affidavits by persons who actually did
       the mailing or who were responsible for overseeing the
       owner's mailing procedures, or other proof of service from
       an organization or an agent who was contracted by the
       owner to serve registration forms upon the tenant on the
       owner s behalf;

     - Affidavits from other tenants attesting to receipt of the
       annual registration form in a timely manner;

     - Where service of the annual registration form is being
       challenged, evidence that the contents of the form,
       including the rent set forth therein, conformed to the
       requirements of law may be considered.

     - Such other proof as the owner may have which is relevant.


In determining the issues set forth herein, a strong negative
presumption will be imputed against owners who have generally not
complied with rent registration requirements or who have not
adhered to the rent laws in general, as for example, by failing
to properly compute and set forth the lawful rent.  A showing of
substantial compliance with such requirements will, however, give
rise to a strong positive presumption in favor of owners.

August 14, 1992

Joseph A. D'Agosta
Acting Deputy Commissioner

DHCR Policy Statements are **promulgated** (i.e., officially
issued) by the New York State Division of Housing and Community
Renewal (DHCR) and represent **official** policy of the agency.

The agency is generally obligated to follow the policy contained
in these and other documents or provide a rational for deviation;
failure to follow the law, policy or practice may form the basis
for an appeal. Electronic versions of the documents on TenantNet
are for informational purposes only and there is no guarantee
they will be accepted by any court (or even DHCR) as true copies
of DHCR policy. The reader is advised to obtain true copies of
these documents from DHCR. Also see DHCR Advisory Opinions,
DHCR Operational Bulletins, the Rent Stabilization Code, the Rent
Stabilization Law and various Rent Control Statutes.

Every attempt has been made to conform to the original Policy
Statements as issued by DHCR; TenantNet makes no
representation the enclosed material is current or will be
applied as written.  The reader is advised that DHCR often fails
to properly apply, interpret or enforce housing laws.  Since
housing laws are complex and often contradictory, it is
recommended the reader obtain competent legal advice from a
tenant attorney or counseling from a tenant association or
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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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