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Office of Rent Administration (ORA)

Office of Rent Administration (ORA)

2023 Office of Rent Administration Annual Report

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RENT NEWS
Updates on Municipalities that Adopt ETPA
NYS Supreme Court, Orange County, Rules the City of Newburgh’s ETPA Adoption as Null and Void – UPDATED (04/22/2024)
The City of Kingston - NYS Supreme Court Appellate Division Issues a Ruling on ETPA Issues – UPDATED (03/21/2024)

ETPA UPDATES

 

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Important Notices and Recently Revised Documents


The following documents have been recently revised to reflect changes required by the new regulations published in the NYS Register on November 8, 2023.

For all other documents that were previously revised to reflect changes required by the new regulations, see Rent Regulations 2023 Updated Documents.

 

Housing Resources and Referrals 

Office of Rent Administration Transparency Initiative

 

 

 

Contact ORA

 

Rent Administration:
Office of Rent Administration: 1 (833) 499-0343
Apartment Rent History or Am I Rent Stabilized Inquiry: Submit your inquiry
Rent Connect Assistant – Get Answers to Your Questions 
(Multiple Languages Available):
 Access Rent Connect Assistant
Tenant Protection Unit: [email protected]

 

Rent Administration Borough Offices:
Bronx Borough Rent Office
1 Fordham Plaza, 4th Floor
Bronx, New York 10458 
Phone: 718-430-0880
Brooklyn Borough Rent Office
55 Hanson Place, 6th Floor
Brooklyn, New York 11217
Phone: 718-722-4778
Lower Manhattan Borough Rent Office
25 Beaver Street, 2nd Floor
New York, New York 10004
Phone: 212-480-6238
Upper Manhattan Borough Rent Office
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Office Building
163 West 125th St, 5th Floor
New York, New York 10027
Phone: 212-961-8930
Queens Borough Rent Office and Enforcement Unit
Gertz Plaza
92-31 Union Hall Street, 6th Floor
Jamaica, New York 11433
Phone: 718-482-4041
Westchester County Rent Office
75 South Broadway, 3rd Floor
White Plains, New York 10601
Phone: 914-948-4434

 

Assistance and Services for Tenants

The Office of Rent Administration provides assistance and services for tenants of rent regulated homes.

For more information on these services, please visit the page below:
 

Tenant's Homepage


Conduct a Rent Regulated Building or Case Status Search

Assistance and Services for Owners and Managers

The Office of Rent Administration provides assistance and services for owners and mangers of rent regulated homes.

For more information on these services, please visit the page below:
 

Owner's and Manager's Homepage
 

Conduct a Rent Regulated Building or Case Status Search

About ORA

A number of communities in New York State have rent regulation programs known as rent control and rent stabilization. These Rent Regulation Programs administered by the Office of Rent Administration (ORA), position ORA as a leader in the preservation of affordable housing. Rent regulation is intended to protect tenants in privately-owned buildings from illegal rent increases and allow owners to maintain their buildings and realize a reasonable profit.

Rent control is the older of the two systems of rent regulation. It dates back to the housing shortage immediately following World War II and generally applies to buildings constructed before 1947. Rent stabilization generally covers buildings built after 1947 and before 1974, and apartments removed from rent control. Outside New York City rent stabilization is also known as ETPA, for the Emergency Tenant Protection Act. More details on these matters can be obtained by calling, writing, or visiting one of the DHCR Borough or District Rent Offices.

On June 14, 2019, the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act was enacted, which provided major reforms to the rent laws. For more information, visit:

 


 

DHCR filed the Notices of Adoption required under the New York State Administrative Procedure Act (SAPA) to amend various regulations in the Rent Stabilization Code, the Tenant Protection Regulations and the State and New York City Rent Control Regulations. These documents or their summaries, where applicable, were published in the New York State Register on November 8, 2023. For a list of documents that were updated to reflect the changes required by the new regulations, visit:

Rent Programs Overview

Rent Control

The rent control program applies to residential buildings constructed before February, 1947 in municipalities that have not declared an end to the postwar rental housing emergency. There are several municipalities that still have rent control, including New York City, Nassau and Westchester counties.

At a Glance

Rent control limits the rent an owner may charge for an apartment and restricts the right of any owner to evict tenants.

Rents charged in controlled apartments are set and adjusted on the basis of registrations filed by owners when Federal rent control was imposed in 1943. The rent control law allows DHCR to determine how much rents can be increased based on an assessment of what it costs owners to operate their buildings plus a reasonable profit.

In New York City, rent control operates under the Maximum Base Rent (MBR) system. A maximum base rent is established for each apartment and adjusted every two years to reflect changes in operating costs. Owners who certify that they are providing essential services and have removed violations, are entitled to raise rents annually. Tenants may challenge the proposed increase on the grounds that the building has violations or that the owner's expenses do not warrant an increase. Outside of New York City,  owners can file for ORA approved rent increases once every two years.

Rent Stabilization

In New York City, apartments are under rent stabilization if they are in buildings of six or more units built between February 1, 1947, and December 31, 1973. Tenants in buildings built before February 1, 1947, who moved in after June 30, 1971, are also covered by rent stabilization. A third category of rent stabilized apartments covers buildings with three or more apartments constructed or extensively renovated on or after January 1, 1974 with special tax benefits. Generally, those buildings are only subject to stabilization while the tax benefits continue or, in some cases, until the tenant vacates.

At a Glance

Like rent control, rent stabilization also provides other protections to tenants besides limitations on the amount of rent. Tenants are entitled to receive required services, to have their leases renewed, and may not be evicted except on grounds allowed by law. Leases may be renewed for a term of one or two years, at the tenant's choice based on guidelines established annually by the NYC Rent Guidelines Board.

Emergency Tenant Protection Act

Outside New York City, rent stabilization applies to non-rent controlled apartments in buildings of six or more units built before January 1, 1974, in the localities that have adopted ETPA, which include the City of Kingston, City of Newburgh and Westchester, Nassau, and Rockland counties.  For information on previous vacancy and lease renewal guideline increases for Westchester, Nassau, and Rockland counties, please see the ETPA Historical Guidelines.

 

Rent Registration

Owners are required to file initial registrations and subsequent annual registrations with ORA and are required to send a copy of the registration to  the tenant. 

 

Municipalities in Nassau, Rockland, Westchester, and Ulster Counties which have adopted the Emergency Tenant Protection Act of 1974:

Nassau CountyCities ofGlen Cove, Long Beach
 Town ofNorth Hempstead
 Villages ofCedarhurst, Floral Park, Flower Hill, Freeport, Great Neck, Great Neck Plaza, Hempstead, Lynbrook, Mineola, Rockville Centre, Russell Gardens, Thomaston, Baxter Estates
Rockland CountyTown ofHaverstraw
 Village ofSpring Valley
Westchester CountyCities ofMount Vernon, New Rochelle, Rye, White Plains, Yonkers
 Towns ofEast Chester, Greenburgh, Harrison, Mamaroneck
 Villages ofCroton-on-Hudson*, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings-on-Hudson, Irvington, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Mt. Kisco, Ossining**, Pleasantville, Port Chester, Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown
Ulster CountyCity of

Kingston

Visit City of Kingston Votes to Adopt the Emergency Tenant Protection Act for more information. 

Orange CountyCity ofNewburgh
  

*On March 27, 2023, the Village Board of Trustees voted to expand ETPA in Croton-on-Hudson to include all properties with six or more units built before 1974, an increase from the previously covered Croton-on-Hudson buildings with 50 or more units. To view the resolution, see Resolution #60-2023.

As a result, the Westchester Rent Guidelines Board (WRGB) issued separate lease guidelines for Croton-on-Hudson leases beginning March 27, 2023, to September 30, 2023. To view these lease guidelines, see Fact Sheet #26. In addition, the WRGB issued a fair market rent appeal guideline with a 1-year lookback period and a maximum rate of increase of 2% for tenants with leases and 4% for tenants without leases.

  **ETPA and the Village of Ossining View entire article

 

Public Hearings

For Rent Guideline Board notices and public hearing information, please visit the page below.

PUBLIC HEARINGS INFORMATION     

 

For Maximum Base Rent notices and public hearing information, please visit the page below.

MBR HEARINGS INFORMATION

 

Regulatory Information - Notice of Public Hearing Information