New York Rent Laws

The Local Emergency Housing Rent Control Act of 1962 [LEHRCA]

Chapter 21 of the laws of 1962
"City Rent Control"

The Local Emergency Housing Rent Control Act (LEHRCA) of 1962 transferred the administration of rent control from the state government to the New York City government. New York State continued to administer rent control in other parts of the state.

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Table of Contents


Section 1: Short title.

Section 2: Legislative finding.

Section 3: Local determination as to continuation of emergency

Section 4: Establishment of city housing rent agency.

Section 5: Authority for local rent control legislation.

Section 6: Succession of city agency to state rent control functions within city.

Section 7: Investigations.

Section 8: Judicial review.

Section 9: Prohibitions.

Section 10: Enforcement.

Section 11: Transfer of certain pending matters.

Section 12: Termination of state regulation and control.

Section 13: Pending court proceedings.

Section 14: Civil service.

Section 15: Intergovernmental cooperation.

Section 16: Saving clause.

Section 17: Separability.

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