New York Rent Laws
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The NYS Emergency Tenant Protection Act (1974) [ETPA]

Sec. 7. MAINTENANCE OF SERVICES. a. In order to collect a rent adjustment authorized pursuant to the provisions of subdivision b of section four, the owner of housing accommodations subject to this act located in a city having a population of less than one million or a town or village must file with the state division of housing and community renewal on a form which it shall prescribe, a written certification that he is maintaining and will continue to maintain all services furnished on the date upon which this act becomes a law or required to be furnished by any law, ordinance or regulation applicable to the premises. In addition to any other remedy afforded by law, any tenant may apply to the state division of housing and community renewal for a reduction in the rent to the level in effect prior to its most recent adjustment, and the state division of housing and community renewal may so reduce the rent if it finds that the owner has failed to maintain such services. The owner shall be supplied with a copy of the application and shall be permitted to file an answer thereto. A hearing may be held upon the request of either party, or the state division of housing and community renewal may hold a hearing upon its own motion. The state division of housing and community renewal may consolidate the proceedings for two or more petitions applicable to the same building. If the state division of housing and community renewal finds that the owner has knowingly filed a false certification, it shall, in addition to abating the rent, assess the owner with the reasonable costs of the proceeding, including reasonable attorneys` fees, and impose a penalty not in excess of two hundred fifty dollars for each false certification. b. In order to collect a rent adjustment authorized pursuant to the provisions of subdivision c of section four, the owner of housing accommodations located in a city having a population of more than one million shall comply with the requirements with respect to the maintenance of services of the New York city rent stabilization law of nineteen hundred sixty-nine.


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