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Conversion and Demolition FAQ

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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.

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.

• NYC.gov has a Buildings and Property FAQ that may provide useful answers.

• The New York Times regularly answers questions from rent stabilized tenants about various housing issues in their Ask Real Estate column.


Building demolition - What are tenant relocation benefits?

Rent regulated tenants should consult DHCR Fact Sheet #11: Demolition for information. Unregulated tenants are not generally entitled to any benefits.

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My landlord has illegally converted the basement into apartments. What can be done about it?

An illegal conversion is an alteration or modification of an existing building to create an additional housing unit without first obtaining approval from the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB). To find out more, and/or to file a complaint, visit the Illegal Conversions section of the DOB's website.

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If my stabilized building was converted from 6 to 5 units - can I still get a renewal lease?

In general, if the owner converted a six or more unit building to one with five or fewer units, the tenants in occupancy remain under rent regulation. For more information, contact DHCR.

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My landlord is demolishing my building - what are my rights?

Here are two scenarios:

  1. City Requires Demolition:
    If this is the case you will have to move. Before demolition, the City will issue a vacate order. Instructions will be included on the order indicating which agency to contact for questions. If you have any questions about your continuing rights following the vacate order, we suggest you get legal advice, which can be obtained by visiting our Legal Services webpage. You also may have rights to relocate back in the building, if it is to be repaired or rebuilt.

  2. Owner is seeking demolition to rebuild:
    The law does not allow an owner of a rent regulated building to simply demolish the building and throw the tenants out. The owner must follow the steps mandated by the NY State Division of Housing and Community Renewal, the state agency that administers the rent laws. These steps include notification procedures and relocation assistance. See the first question in this section for further information.

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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.

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.

• NYC.gov has a Buildings and Property FAQ that may provide useful answers.

• The New York Times regularly answers questions from rent stabilized tenants about various housing issues in their Ask Real Estate column.

 

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