Office of Rent Administration Transparency Initiative

Office of Rent Administration Transparency Initiative

Overview

The Office of Rent Administration is adding the following information to its website to increase transparency to the public: case processing data, key metrics, appeal decisions also known as Petitions for Administrative Review (PAR) and Major Capital Improvement (MCI) closed case monthly reports. This page will be updated periodically. Please check back for monthly and/or quarterly updates.

Our Core Case Processing

The Core Case Processing Data provides a summary of the number of orders issued by the Office of Rent Administration in which the application was granted or granted in part. Data is being supplied for the following case types: rent overcharges, lease renewals, services, and major capital improvements.

 

For the month of April 2024, the Office of Rent Administration issued: 
 

  • 95 Decrease in Service orders directing that repairs be made, and rents lowered until such time that repairs are made.
  • 63 Owner Restoration orders finding repairs were made and directing rents to be restored.
  • 33 Rent Overcharge orders establishing legal rents and directing refunds in the amount of $125,565.97.
  • 26 Major Capital Improvement orders increasing legal rents for the installations of new items such as boilers, windows, and roofs valued in the amount of $4,659,280.44.
  • 44 Lease Renewal orders directing owners to correct lease violations. 

 

Key Metrics

Key metrics provide a snapshot of the current rent regulated stock and show trends over time as reporting increases. Data definitions and technical notes that explain the metrics are included.

 

Key Metrics of the Rent Regulated System (2023)

Petition for Administrative Review (PAR) Orders

An owner or tenant who wants to appeal a Rent Administrator's order may file a Petition for Administrative Review (PAR) with the Office of Rent Administration (ORA). PAR decisions may be appealed by the owner or tenant in an Article 78 proceeding in court and may be affirmed, denied, or remanded to DHCR for further review. Article 78 related information is not provided on this page.


The following links contain PAR orders issued by the Office of Rent Administration on a quarterly basis:
 

2024

January – March

 

2023

October – December

 

July – September 

 

April – June

 

January – March

 

2022

October – December

 

July – September

 

April – June

 

January – March

 

2021

October – December

 

Major Capital Improvement (MCI) Closed Case Monthly Report

A Major Capital Improvement (MCI) is a building-wide­ improvement or installation that is made to a building subject to the rent stabilization or rent control laws. The reasonable and verified costs of an MCI can be passed onto rent regulated tenants. However, in order to collect the rent increase the owner must file an application with DHCR. The summary of the application must be served on the tenants and they are given the chance to respond in writing. After examining the evidence provided and all owner and tenant responses, DHCR issues an order in writing. 

 

The Major Capital Improvement (MCI) Closed Case Monthly Report provides a summary of the number of orders issued by the Office of Rent Administration in which the application was granted (G) or granted in part (GP) or denied (D). The report provides information about the subject building address, the case docket number, the subject installations, the claimed costs, the approved costs, the monthly approved rent increase, the case status, and the closing date. The information contained in the report does not reflect possible adjustments to the rent increase reported based on a tax abatement offset and other adjustments made pursuant to appeals and reconsiderations.