The New York State Division of Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) Rent Information Line has recorded information for tenants and landlords of rent regulated apartments including:

  • Rent increases for leases, individual apartment improvements, and major capital improvements
  • Repairs and services
  • Succession rights, sublets, and security deposits
  • SCRIE, DRIE, late fees, housing court, and Section 8
  • Owner Rent Registration

More information is available through their HCR's RentConnect portal online.

Online

Visit the NYS Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) website.

Tenants can find information, request a rent history, and submit questions about regulation issues.

Owners and Managers can find information, forms, applications, and file registrations and reports.

Information and forms available in additional languages.

In Person

You can get in person assistance in multiple languages at an HCR Borough Office.

By Phone

  • Agency: New York State Homes and Community Renewal
  • Division: Rent Administration Offices
  • Phone Number: (718) 739-6400
  • Business Hours: 24 Hours
  • Automated telephone system with recorded information in English and Spanish.

Offices are open Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM, except on City Holidays.

Bronx Borough Rent Office
1 Fordham Plaza, 4th Floor
Bronx, NY 10458

Brooklyn Borough Rent Office
55 Hanson Place, 6th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Lower Manhattan Borough Rent Office
25 Beaver Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10004
 
Upper Manhattan Borough Rent Office
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Office Building
163 West 125th St, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10027

Queens Rent Office
Gertz Plaza
92-31 Union Hall Street
Jamaica, NY 11433

Review your lease to see if there is any mention of rent stabilization or rent control in the lease or any riders.

  • Rent Stabilized Apartments:
    • Are in buildings that contain six or more apartments, were built before January 1, 1974, and are not co-ops or condos
    • Are those where you sign a lease every one or two years with a percentage increase
    • For an aprtment to be stabilized it must have had a rent of less than $2,000 if the tenant first moved into the apartment in 1993 or later
  • Rent Controlled Apartments:
    • Are in buildings built before February 1, 1947
    • Have been occupied continuously by a tenant or his/her legal successors since June 30, 1971
    • For one- or two-family houses, a tenant must have been living in that apartment continuously since April 1, 1953

There are some exceptions to these rules. 

You can submit an inquiry about an apartment's rent stabilization status and rent history online or visit a Borough Rent Office for in-person assistance.

Online

Tenants can find information, request a rent history, and submit questions about regulation issues.

Information and forms available in additional languages.

By Email

Send a message to HCR at rentinfo@nyshcr.org.

In Person

Visit an HCR Borough Rent Office.

Market rate apartment rental rates and lease terms are negotiated between the owner and tenant. The New York City Rent Guidelines Board (NYCRGB) determines rent increases for lease renewals of rent stabilized apartments, lofts, hotels and single room occupancies (SROs).

It does not set the rent increase for vacancy leases, rent controlled apartments, unregulated apartments, or subsidized housing. Rent increase percentages for rent stabilized apartments and lofts are adjusted each year.

For renewal leases beginning between October 1, 2018, through September 30, 2019, the rent increase for rent stabilized apartment and loft renewals is:

  • 1-year lease: 1.5%
  • 2-year lease: 2.5%

For renewal leases beginning between October 1, 2019, through September 30, 2020, the rent increase for rent stabilized apartment and loft renewals is:

  • 1-year lease: 1.5%
  • 2-year lease: 2.5%

However, if a tenant is paying a "preferential rent," which an owner agrees to charge and is lower than the legal regulated rent that the owner could lawfully collect, the owner may be allowed to increase the rent up to the "legal regulated rent," even if the increase is greater than the rent increase guidelines that are in effect.

You can get information about renewal lease rates that apply to rent stabilized apartments, hotels, and SROs:

Online

Visit the Rent Guidelines Board website.

View previous apartment and loft rent increase orders.

By Phone

Call 311 for assistance.

Legal Regulated Rent

The amount of rent that the landlord is allowed to charge for an apartment as established by the rent stabilizing laws.

Preferential Rent

A preferential rent is a rent that an owner agrees to charge that is lower than the legal regulated rent that the owner could lawfully collect.

There are two different ways a rent stabilized apartment may be deregulated.

Occupied Apartments

When high-rent/high-income residents have a legal regulated rent of $2,774.76 or more per month and the apartment is occupied by people whose total annual household income exceeds $200,000 in each of the two preceding calendar years. The owner must submit an application to HCR, and HCR must issue a determination.

Vacated Apartments 

When a rent stabilized apartment becomes vacant and could be offered at a legal regulated rent of $2,774.76 or more per month.

An owner of a rent stabilized or rent controlled apartment may collect a surcharge from the tenant to install window guards. The New York State Division of Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) has set a one time maximum fee of $10.00 per window guard for rent controlled or rent stabilized apartments.

If you receive assistance paying your rent, you are not required to pay for the window guards out-of-pocket. The cost of window guards installed in public areas may not be passed on to tenants in the building. If you have questions or problems with window guard fees, you should contact your rent assistance program or agency.

If you have an open case with HCR and need to respond, or if you have questions about your case, you can get assistance by mail or in person.

By Mail

You can write to: 

HCR - Office of Rent Administration
Gertz Plaza
92-31 Union Hall Street
Jamaica, New York 11433 

You must include your docket number.

In Person

You can also get in person assistance in multiple languages at an HCR Borough Office.

New York's rent laws will be extended for 4 years, and will be made retroactive to June 15th, 2015.

Additional reforms to strengthen these laws include:

  • The rent at which a vacant apartment can be deregulated will increase from $2,500 to $2,700 and the rent amount will be tied to the 1-year annual Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) increases beginning January 1, 2016.
  • Limits on vacancy allowances in apartments with "preferential rents," which are rents charged below the legal rent.
  • Limits on the amount of rent that landlords can charge tenants in order to receive reimbursement for Major Capital Improvements (MCIs) by extending the period that landlords can recover those costs from 84 months to 108 months for buildings over 35 units and 84 months to 96 months for buildings under 35 units.
  • An increase in civil penalties for landlords who harass tenants.