Rent Stabilization Board
Rent Stabilization Board

NOTICE TO NEW TENANTS

 

  • The right to stable rent.

Whatever amount you negotiate with the landlord at the beginning of a tenancy will hold steady for the whole tenancy, except that each January there will be a small "cost-of-living increase." This holds true even if you stay a long time. (However, if you join a tenancy already in progress, there can be a major resetting of the rent when the last person who started that tenancy leaves, even if you remain.)

  • The right to stay unless the landlord has a "good cause" to terminate.

Regardless of what a landlord may say, regardless of what a landlord may have made you sign, you cannot be required to move unless the landlord can show that one of the "good causes" listed in the Ordinance exists for your tenancy. For example, a landlord cannot terminate your tenancy just because they can get more money from someone else, just because your roommate is leaving, just because you have asked for repairs, just because they are annoyed with you or just because the written agreement says so.

  • The right to interest on your deposit.

Your deposit should be deposited in an interest-bearing account and each December the landlord should pay the interest to you. If the landlord fails to do so, the interest rate becomes 10% per year and you may deduct the interest from the rent after you give the landlord sufficient written notice.

  • The right to stable services and to habitable conditions.

If a landlord diminishes the housing services that came with the unit when you first moved in or if code violations exist that reduce the usefulness of the unit, the rent can be reduced (through a petition process) to compensate you for the whole period of time these situations exist.

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