The NYS Housing Agency dealing with rent regulation - the Division of Housing & Community Renewal (DHCR) - has issued new and improved regulations governing rent stabilization. Good work tenants and the Tenant Protection Unit of DHCR!
Some of the changes include:
- No Major Capital Improvement increases allowed where the owner has an open "hazardous violation."
- The owner must provide new tenants with a detailed description in plain language of the work and costs done that increased the rent. Those tenants have 60 days to ask for documentation from the owner.
- Where a tenant is paying a "preferential rent" (lower than the "Legal Regulated Rent,") the landlord cannot impose an increase based on the legal regulated rent unless that is in the lease.