Important Rent Update Notices

Important Rent Update Notices
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New Individual Apartment Improvement Reporting Requirements

HCR to Launch  New Individual Apartment Improvement Reporting Requirements

On or about February 3, 2020, HCR’s Office of Rent Administration will be releasing its new online service that will enable building owners to report  information, now required by law, concerning Individual Apartment Improvements (IAIs) for apartments subject to Rent Stabilization or Rent Control.  HCR will also be releasing related revisions to Operational Bulletin 2016-1, Individual Apartment Improvements.

The Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act (HSPTA) of 2019 required HCR to develop a Notification Form to be filed with HCR by building  owners for all IAIs made in vacant and occupied apartments.  The filing of the Notification Form needs to be accompanied by Before and After photographs of the subject improvement(s), which will be maintained by DHCR in an electronic format.  HSTPA also required HCR to develop a Tenant Informed Consent Form to be signed by tenants who consent to have an improvement made in their occupied apartment before it is filed by building owners with HCR.

Please note, paper submissions of these forms will not be accepted.

To file these forms, building owners will need to access HCR’s Owners Rent Regulation Application (ORRA) system on the HCR website. Those owners who have never previously accessed ORRA will be required to email [email protected] to acquire a User ID and Password.  For the required information to include in the email, visit the ORRA webpage at https://hcr.ny.gov/owner-rent-regulation-applications-0

ALL OWNERS WHO ARE PLANNING ON MAKING IAIs IN VACANT OR OCCUPIED APARTMENTS SUBJECT TO RENT STABILIZATION OR RENT CONTROL ARE ADVISED TO PREPARE IN ADVANCE AND BEGIN TAKING BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOGRAPHS WHICH WILL BE REQUIRED TO BE FILED ELECTRONICALLY ALONG WITH THE FORMS DESCRIBED ABOVE.

HCR will send another communication to you when the new forms are released and available for use.