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What Is It & Where Can You Find It?

Rent-Regulated Housing includes both "rent-controlled" and "rent-stabilized" apartments. Besides the benefit of rent increases that are set by a government agency, tenants in rent-regulated housing also have greater legal protections than those living in market-rate housing. For an apartment to be under rent control, the tenant (or the tenant's family if the apartment has been passed down to a qualified family member) must have been living in that apartment continuously since before July 1, 1971. When a rent-controlled apartment becomes vacant, it either becomes rent stabilized, or, if it is in a building with fewer than six units, it is generally removed from regulation. As a rule of thumb, rent stabilized apartments are in buildings built before 1974, have six or more apartments, and the new rent is below $2,700 per month. Apartments can also become rent stabilized if a developer utilizes the J-51 or 421-a tax incentive programs. Click here for a list of buildings in New York City with rent-stabilized apartments. As of 2014, rent stabilized apartments comprise approximately 60% of occupied rental apartments in the Bronx, 45% in Brooklyn, 50% in Manhattan, 43% in Queens, and 19% on Staten Island. [See DHCR Fact Sheet #1 for further explanation of the difference between rent stabilization and rent control.]

Market-Rate Housing is easier to find than rent-regulated apartments in New York City. However, tenants of market-rate housing have less legal protections regarding the right to a lease renewal and evictions. Owners of market-rate housing are not required to provide tenants with leases and are allowed to raise rents to whatever rate they feel the market can bear. Market-rate housing also tends to be more expensive, especially in neighborhoods with high demand. Like rent-regulated housing, market-rate housing can be found city-wide, and is most prevalent in low-density areas where buildings typically have less than six units.

Page Updated 11/30/2015

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