RENT-REGULATED & MARKET-RATE
Is It & Where Can You Find It?
both "rent-controlled" and "rent-stabilized" apartments.
Besides the benefit of rent increases that are set by a government
agency, tenants in rent-regulated housing also have greater legal
protections than those living in market-rate housing. For an
apartment to be under rent
control, the tenant (or the tenant's family if the
apartment has been passed down to a qualified family member)
must have been living in that apartment continuously since before
July 1, 1971. When a rent-controlled apartment becomes vacant,
it either becomes rent
stabilized, or, if it is in a building with fewer
than six units, it is generally removed from regulation. As
a rule of thumb, rent stabilized apartments are in building
built before 1974, have six or more apartments,
and the new rent is below $2,500 per month. Apartments can
also become rent stabilized if a developer utilizes the J-51
or 421-a tax incentive programs. Click
here for a list of buildings in New York City with
rent-stabilized apartments. According to the 2008 NYC
Housing and Vacancy Survey, of occupied apartments, approximately
59% of rental apartments in the Bronx; 42% of apartments in Brooklyn;
51% of Manhattan apartments; 47% of Queens apartments; and 16%
of Staten Island apartments are rent stabilized.
usually easier to find than rent-regulated apartments in New York
City. However, tenants of market-rate housing have less legal protections
regarding the right to a lease renewal and evictions. Owners of market-rate
housing are not required to provide tenants with leases and are allowed
to raise rents to whatever rate they feel the market can bear. Market-rate
housing also tends to be more expensive, especially in "Core" Manhattan
(south of 96th Street on the East Side and 110th Street on the West
Side). Like rent-regulated housing, market-rate housing can be found
city-wide, and is most prevalent in low-density areas where buildings
typically have less than six units.
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