New York Rent Laws

The NYS Emergency Tenant Protection Act (1974) [ETPA]

Chapter 576 of 1974

expires June 15, 1997

The Emergency Tenant Protection Act of 1974 (ETPA) provided for rent stabilization in various municipalities (local opt-in) in Nassau, Rockland and Westchester counties predicated on a continuing housing emergency (i.e., vacancy rate less than 5%), amended the NYC Rent Stabilization Law, and ended the 1971 vacancy decontrol of rent stabilized units.

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Table of Contents


Section 1: Short title.

Section 2: Legislative finding.

Section 3: Local determination of emergency; end of emergency.

Section 4: Establishment of rent guidelines boards; duties.

Section 5: Housing accommodations subject to regulation. & Sec. 5-a. High income rent decontrol.

Section 6: Regulation of rents.

Section 7: Maintenance of services.

Section 8: Administration.

Section 9: Application for adjustment of initial legal regulated rent.

Section 10: Regulations. & Sec. 10-a. Right to sublease.

Section 11: Non-waiver of rights.

Section 12: Enforcement and procedures. & Sec. 12-a. Rent registration.

Section 13: Cooperation with other governmental agencies.

Section 14: Application of act.

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