Rent Stabilization

All tenants have rights in New York City - but those rights vary depending on the type of housing you live in.  

Find fact sheets for tenants on the NYC Rent Guidelines Board website: Rent Stabilization Regulations, Tenant Fact Sheets. and basic facts and rights about affordable housing in NYC.


These fact sheets are based on the law.  That includes statutes (passed by the state or city legislature and signed into law by the governor or mayor), the regulations that are used to apply the statutes, and the court decisions that interpret them both.  

New York City rent regulation is governed by two STATUTES (passed by the state or city legislature and signed by the governor or mayor into law) :

1969 (City law) Rent Stabilization Law, governing apartments in buildings with 6 units or more built before July 1969.


1974 (State law) Emergency Tenant Protection Act, governing apartments in buildings with 6 units or more built before 1974.

Both those statutes are interpreted by the Rent Stabilization Code, issued by the NY State Homes and Community Renewal agency's Office of Rent Administration.  


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