Bleak House: Table of Contents
New Yorkers Speak Out About DHCR
Summary of Findings
- FINDING ONE:
Three years after its takeover of the rent regulatory system, DHCR is an agency in chaos.
- FINDING TWO:
DHCR has been knowingly providing false information to the legislature and the public about the status of its case backlog.
- FINDING THREE:
DHCR has been systematically violating the provisions of the rent stabilization law and code in its processing of the case backlog.
- FINDING FOUR:
DHCR has improperly dismissed or given favorable treatment to an undetermined number of cases involving certain realty and management companies which entered into agreements with the State Attorney General's office.
- FINDING FIVE:
The management systems and employee training necessary to efficiently operate a large organization are absent at DHCR.
- FINDING SIX:
Tenants and owners have been appealing DHCR decisions and suing the agency in court in record numbers.
- FINDING SEVEN:
DHCR and the administration have made virtually no efforts to change the structure of the laws DHCR is charged with administering and DHCR has been hindered in its administration of the rent laws by delaying the adoption of a code of regulations for almost two years.
- FINDING EIGHT:
The failure of DHCR to properly administer the state's rent regulatory laws causes hardship for thousands of people every year and in the most extreme cases directly contributes to displacement and homelessness.