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Rent Control and Rent Stabilization in Landlord-Tenant Law

If a tenant is protected by Rent Stabilization or Rent Control, a tenant may not be evicted by the tenant’s landlord except for a valid reason. Additionally, the tenant is entitled to remain in their apartment for as long as the tenant desires. Any rent increases are governed by law and are limited to certain low percentages every year or two years depending on the particular type of tenancy.

a.Tenants whose occupancy commenced in multiple dwellings on or before June 30, 1971, are rent controlled tenants.

b.Tenants whose occupancy commenced in buildings with six (6) or more apartments after June 30, 1971, are rent stabilized tenants.

c.Tenants whose occupancy commenced after June 30, 1971, in buildings with less than six (6) apartments, are not rent regulated.

d.In buildings which have been converted to cooperatives or condominium ownership, if the tenant moves in after conversion, regardless of the number of apartments in the building, the tenant is not subject to rent regulation.

e.There are exceptions to all the foregoing, such as buildings which are regulated pursuant to various statutory schemes including, but not limited to, federal regulations, tax abatement plans and New York City housing authority.

Issues of Rent Control and Rent Stabilization coverage tend to be very complicated and time consuming. Parties should speak with an attorney before proceeding. We offer complimentary consultations and you are welcome to schedule your complimentary-no obligation consultation by calling us at 212-921-1600.


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