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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  Affordable Housing in NYC   I Need Help Paying My Rent
  Conversion & Demolition   Is It Legal For My Rent To Increase More Than Guidelines Allow?
  Co-ops & Condos   Is My Apartment Rent Stabilized?
  Decontrol and Destabilization   How Can I Find An Affordable Apartment?
  Leases - General   When Can A Rent Stabilized Apartment Be Deregulated?
  Leases - Renewal & Vacancy   Am I Paying The Correct Rent?
  Miscellaneous - including Pets, Fees, Housing Court   How Do I Get Things Fixed In My Apartment?
  Owner/Landlord Questions   Can I Break My Lease?
  Primary Residence   Can I Sublet My Apartment?
  Quality of Life - including Bed Bugs/Mice/Insects, Heat/Hot Water, Noise, Apt/Bldg Safety   What Are The Rules Regarding Roommates?
  Rent Control   How Do I Get My Security Deposit Back?
  Rent Stabilization  
  Rents and Rent Increases - including Preferential Rents, Overcharges, MCI/IAI Increases   In addition: The NYS Homes and Community Renewal's Office of Rent Administration (DHCR) also offers useful information on their own FAQ page as well as on their Forms and Information by Topic page.
  Repairs & Maintenance - including Superintendents, Painting, Distressed/7A Buildings   • has a Buildings and Property FAQ that may provide useful answers.
  Roommate Issues & Leases   • The New York Times regularly answers questions from rent stabilized tenants about various housing issues in their Ask Real Estate column.
  Security Deposits    
  Succession Rights    
Tax Abatement & Exemption Programs - 421a and J-51 Housing    

If you have not found the answer to your question on our site, please email the Rent Guidelines Board.

Web page updated 9/23/2016

Disclaimer: By providing answers to frequently asked questions, the staff of the Rent Guidelines Board attempts to clarify the often complex programs and regulations governing landlord tenant relations in NYC. However, the information provided herein does not represent official policies or opinions of the City of New York or the Rent Guidelines Board nor should this information be used to substitute for advice of legal counsel. Always Open Go to: NYC-311 Home | Contact Us | Directory | Privacy Policy