Posted by JJ on April 01, 2000 at 00:20:16:
In Reply to: Rent Regulated Status Search Results posted by kp on March 31, 2000 at 16:08:48:
: The link to: Very Important: How to interpret this information
: on the bottom of paragraph is under construction.
: How does one interpret the info.?
: Isn't it pretty much self-explanatory or is there more information one
: should know?
Notes on this database: Although landlords are required to register rent regulated units every year, since 1993 there has been little incentive to do so as there is essentially no penalty for failure to register. Beyond that, it's a determined policy of DHCR to allow owners to escape any registration requirement. Estimates are that 25% to 50% of regulated units are being allowed to escape the system. This database is from 1994 and many of the units in the buildings from this database are no longer being registered. However, regulated status is a matter of law and not whether or not it appears in this database. So use this database as a guide and not as a legal determination, which is made by DHCR and subject to court challenge. In general, if the building was built prior to 1974, if it contains six or more units and is not a coop, then there's a good chance the unit should be regulated. Again, these are not all inclusive guidelines, but rules of thumb.
There's a more current one at the RGB website:
Always check both.
The primary cautions using both are: these databases contain info registered by the landlords. Your apt may be stabilized even if it isn't on this database. like mine. Also: just because a building is on the list does not mean your apt is stabilized. Always call DHCR 718.739.6400 and request a Rent History: if your apt was ever controlled or stabilized, chances are it should still be, even if it magically, perhaps illegally, jumped above the $2000 mark one year.
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