New York Rent Laws
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NYC Rent Stabilization Law of 1969

Sec. 26-517. RENT REGISTRATION. a. Each housing accommodation which is subject to this law shall be registered by the owner thereof with the state division of housing and community renewal prior to July first, nineteen hundred eighty-four upon forms prescribed by the commissioner. The data to be provided on such forms shall include the following: (1) the name and address of the building or group of buildings or development in which such housing accommodation is located and the owner and the tenant thereof; (2) the number of housing accommodations in the building or group of buildings or development in which such housing accommodation is located; (3) the number of housing accommodations in such building or group of buildings or development subject to this code and the number of such housing accommodations subject to the local emergency housing rent control act; (4) the rent charged on the registration date; (5) the number of rooms in such housing accommodation; and (6) all services provided on the date that the housing accommodation became subject to this chapter. a.1. Within thirty days of changing his address, the managing agent or, if there is no managing agent, the owner, of a building or group of buildings or development, such agent or owner shall advise the state division of housing and community renewal and all tenants of his new address. b. Registration pursuant to this section shall not be subject to the freedom of information law provided that registration information relative to a tenant owner, lessor or subtenant shall be made available to such party or his or her authorized representative. c. Housing accommodations which become subject to this chapter after the initial registration period must be registered within ninety days thereafter. Registration of housing accommodations subject to the local emergency housing rent control act immediately prior to the date of initial registration as provided in this section shall include, in addition to the items listed above, where existing the maximum base rent immediately prior to the date that such housing accommodations become subject to this chapter. d. Copies of the registration shall be filed with the state division of housing and community renewal in such place or places as it may require. In addition one copy of that portion of the registration statement which pertains to the tenant's unit must be mailed by the owner to the tenant in possession at the time of initial registration or to the first tenant in occupancy if the apartment is vacant at the time of initial registration. e. The failure to file a proper and timely initial or annual rent registration statement shall, until such time as such registration is filed, bar an owner from applying for or collecting any rent in excess of the legal regulated rent in effect on the date of the last preceding registration statement or if no such statements have been filed, the legal regulated rent in effect on the date that the housing accommodation became subject to the registration requirements of this section. The filing of a late registration shall result in the prospective elimination of such sanctions. f. An annual statement shall be filed containing the current rent for each unit and such other information contained in subdivision a of this section as shall be required by the division. The owner shall provide each tenant then in occupancy with a copy of that portion of such annual statement as pertains to the tenant's unit. g. Each housing accommodation for which a timely registration statement was filed between April first, nineteen hundred eighty-four and June thirtieth nineteen hundred eighty-four, pursuant to subdivision a of this section shall designate the rent charged on April first, nineteen hundred eighty- four, as the rent charged on the registration date. ----------------------------------------------------------- Sec. 26-517.1. FEES. a. The Department of Finance shall collect from the owner of each housing accommodation registered pursuant to Section 26- 517 of this law an annual fee in the amount of ten dollars per year for each unit subject to this law, in order to defray costs incurred by the city pursuant to subdivision c of section eight of the emergency tenant protection act of nineteen hundred seventy-four. b. Pursuant to the provisions of subdivision d of section eight of the emergency tenant protection act of nineteen hundred seventy-four, the failure to pay the fee imposed by the provisions of subdivision a of this section shall preclude an owner from applying for or collecting any further rent increases authorized under this chapter or any other provision of law, and the late payment of such fee shall result in the prospective elimination only of the sanctions contained therein Interest shall be imposed on such late payment at the same rate as is imposed on a delinquent tax on real property. c. The provisions of subdivision a of this section shall be deemed to have been in full force and effect as of April first, nineteen hundred eighty-four.


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