City of Kingston Votes To Adopt the Emergency Tenant Protection Act

City of Kingston Votes To Adopt the Emergency Tenant Protection Act

Overview

On July 28,2022, the City of Kingston voted to adopt the New York State Emergency Tenant Protection Act (ETPA). This vote was taken after the Common Council reviewed the results of a Housing Vacancy Rate Analysis it had commissioned for residential properties with six or more units that were built before January 1, 1974. The analysis found a vacancy rate below the 5% threshold required to declare a state of public emergency requiring the regulation of certain residential rents. A copy of the resolution can be accessed here.

 

The New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) is responsible for administering the ETPAAll forms and information for owners can be found on the Owners and Managers page. All forms and information for tenants can be found on the Tenants page. These will detail the respective rights and responsibilities relating to Initial Registrations, rent increases, leases, maintenance of services, and protections from unlawful harassment and evictions. Owners and tenants can also call 1-833-499-0343 to access information and receive assistance.

 

The DHCR Office of Rent Administration is sending a mailing to the owners of buildings in Kingston that the municipality had identified as being subject to the Emergency Tenant Protection Act. It contains a letter providing an overview of ETPA procedural requirements. Sample forms, reference material and contact information for assistance are also provided.

 

Owners are responsible for promptly filing Initial Registration forms with DHCR for their subject buildings. Owners must serve each rent stabilized tenant with a copy of the Initial Apartment Registration form. The form contains an “Important Notice to the Tenant” on the back of the form.

 

A Rent Guidelines Board will be created and will vote to establish rent increase guideline rates, including a Fair Market Rent Guideline, that are specific for rent stabilized apartment leases entered into in the City of Kingston. Additional information on this matter will be provided once it becomes available.

 

DHCR wants all affected parties to be aware of the following resources, which can be referred to and put into use immediately.

 

 

Updated: September 2022

 

Public Information Sessions

City of Kingston Announces Emergency Tenant Protection Act (ETPA) Public Information Sessions

KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that the City of Kingston, in partnership with New York’s Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR), will hold three public information sessions regarding the newly passed Emergency Tenant Protection Act (ETPA). At the informational meetings, City staff and DHCR will explain the ETPA law, the rights of eligible tenants, and the next steps for implementing ETPA in Kingston. Over two days, the City of Kingston will hold two information sessions for tenants.

 

September 20, 2022

ETPA Informational Session for Owners

City Hall Council Chambers & hybrid via Zoom

5:00-6:00 pm

Register in advance for the virtual meeting here.

 

September 20, 2022

ETPA Informational Session for Tenants

City Hall Council Chambers & hybrid via Zoom

6:30-8:00 pm

Register in advance for the virtual meeting here.

 

September 22, 2022

ETPA Informational Session for Tenants

Kingston Public Library (in-person only)

55 Franklin Street

6:00-8:00 pm