New York Rent Laws
Rent Stab Code (1987) - Table of Contents
NYC Rent Stabilization Code (1987)
Please note: This version of the NYC Rent Stabilziation Code is from 1987 and is not current. The code has been amended several times since 1987. Although much remains the same, there are significant changes that have occurred. This version of the code is maintained for archival purposes.
PART 2528 -- REGISTRATION OF HOUSING ACCOMMODATIONS
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Section 2528.1. Initial registration.
2528.2. Initial registration requirements.
2528.3. Annual registration requirements.
2528.4. Penalty for failure to register.
Sec. 2528.1. INITIAL REGISTRATION.
Each housing accommodation subject to the RSL on April l, 1984,
or thereafter, and not exempted from registration by the DHCR,
shall be registered by the owner thereof with the DHCR within 90
days after such date.
Sec. 2528.2. INITIAL REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS.
(a) The initial registration shall be made on forms prescribed
or approved by the DHCR, and shall include:
(1) the address of the building or group of buildings or
development in which such housing accommodation is
located and the name of the tenant residing therein;
(2) the number of housing accommodations in the building or
group of buildings or development;
(3) the number of housing accommodations in the building or
group of buildings or development subject to the RSL
and the number of such housing accommodations subject
to the City Rent Law;
(4) the rent charged on April l, 1984, or the rent charged
on the date the housing accommodation became subject to
the requirements of this Part, and any changes in such
rent between such date and the date of registration;
(5) the number of rooms in such housing accommodation; and
(6) all services provided for in the last lease or rental
agreement, provided or required to be provided on the
applicable base date, or thereafter.
(b) Registration of housing accommodations subject to the City
Rent Law immediately prior to the date of filing the initial
registration statement shall include, in addition to the
items set forth in subdivision (a) of this section, where
existing, the maximum rent immediately prior to the date
that such housing accommodations became subject to the RSL
or the requirements of this Part.
(c) Copies of the registration shall be filed in such manner and
in such place or places as the DHCR may designate. In
addition, a copy of the Building Services Registration form
shall be posted in a public area of the building as
prescribed in the DHCR's Instructions for Rent Registration.
(d) One copy of the Initial Apartment Registration form which
pertains to the tenant's housing accommodation shall be sent
by the owner to the tenant by certified mail. Service of
such form pursuant to this subdivision together with the
Notice of Initial Legal Registered Rent shall constitute
proper service of such Notice of Initial Legal Registered
Rent under section 2523.1 of this Title. Provided, however,
that for registrations served prior to the effective date of
this subdivision, any method of service permitted by the
DHCR at the time of service shall be deemed to have the same
effect as service by certified mailing.
Sec. 2528.3. ANNUAL REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS.
In such manner and at such time as shall be determined by the
DHCR pursuant to section 2527.11 of this Title:
(a) An annual registration shall be filed containing the current
rent for each housing accommodation not otherwise exempt, a
certification of services, and such other information as may
be required by the DHCR pursuant to the RSL.
(b) Upon filing an annual registration, the owner shall provide
each tenant then in occupancy with a copy of that portion of
such annual registration applicable to the tenant's housing
Sec. 2528.4. PENALTY FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER.
The failure to properly and timely comply with the initial or
annual rent registration as required by this Part shall, until
such time as such registration is completed, bar an owner from
applying for or collecting any rent in excess of:
(a) if no initial registration has taken place, the legal
regulated rent in effect on the date that the housing
accommodation became subject to the registration
requirements of this Part; or
(b) the legal regulated rent in effect on April first of the
year for which an annual registration was required to be
filed, or such other date of that year as may be determined
by the DHCR pursuant to section 2528.3 of this Part.
The late filing of a registration shall result in the
elimination, prospectively of such penalty.
Sec. 2528.5. CONFIDENTIALITY.
Registration information filed with the DHCR pursuant to this
Part shall not be subject to the Freedom of Information Law,
provided that such information relative to a tenant, owner,
lessor or subtenant shall be made available to such party or his
or her authorized representative.