New York General Information

Note: NY tenant laws were substantially changed in June 1997 and the below documents have not yet been updated. Refer to the 1997 Rent Reform Law.

  • Tenants Rights FAQ -- See New York Basic Tenant Rights
  • CTRC Factsheets on specific tenants' rights topics
  • Organizing: start a Tenants Association -- and more!
  • Heating Requirements for New York City Oct-May
  • Noise: noisy neighbors, jackhammers and discos
  • New York Rent and Housing Legal Information

    Note: NY tenant laws were substantially changed in June 1997 and the below documents have not yet been updated. Refer to the 1997 Rent Reform Law.

  • Rent Laws for regulated tenants
  • Housing Laws for all tenants (and other laws)
  • Rent Stabilization/Rent Control
  • DHCR Decisions prior to 1994
  • Rent Guidelines Board Orders (Rent Stabilized rent increases)
  • NYC Housing Court What to do when the legal papers come
  • Housing Court Decisions summaries of selected court decisions
  • Housing History, Economics, Community Concerns

  • Observations of Life on the Lower East Side
  • Jacob Riis’ “How The Other Half Lives” — 1890 expose on NYC living conditions
  • History of the Tenant Movement in New York City, 1904-1984
  • NYC Housing Vacancy Survey (HVS)
  • Rent Guidelines Board Research, 1998 — (income, expenses and affordability of NYC housing)
  • Rent Guidelines Board Research, 1997 — (income, expenses and affordability of NYC housing)
  • Rent Guidelines Board Research, 1996 — (income, expenses and affordability of NYC housing)
  • Rent Guidelines Board Research, 1995 — (income, expenses and affordability of NYC housing)
  • Rent Guidelines Board Research, 1994 — (income, expenses and affordability of NYC housing)
  • Rent Regulation in New York City: A Briefing Book (CTRC)
  • NYC Zoning Handbook
  • Confiscating Reality: The Illusion of [Rent] Controls in the Big Apple (Bklyn Law Review)
  • Bleak House: DHCR at the Crossroads — (Investigation of DHCR 1987)
  • NYC Code Enforcement system allows massive Landlord Fraud
  • Cities Within Cities — NY City Council takes aim at Business Improvement Districts (BIDs)
  • Managing the Micropolis — 1997 Update proposes limiting BID power
  • Net Loss: Secondary Effects of City Budget-Cut Proposals — NYC Comptroller
  • Miscellaneous

  • NY Tenants-Announce/Tenants Online -- newsletter
  • New York Tenant Organizations

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