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Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Friday, April 8, 2016
Proposed Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

 

The Fire Department is proposing a rule, 3 RCNY §505-01, entitled “Apartment and Guest Room Identification and Directional Markings and Signs,” to set forth standards and requirements for the design and placement of entrance door room number markings for dwelling units (apartments, guest rooms and sleeping rooms) in Group R-1 and Group R-2 buildings and occupancies, and building lobby and building hallway corridor directional signs, which serve to assist emergency response personnel in locating such dwelling units when responding to fires, medical emergencies and other emergencies at the premises.

 

The Fire Code was amended by Local Law No. 148 of 2013 to include, in FC505.3, requirements for identification of apartment and guest rooms.  This rule is being proposed to implement this new section of the Fire Code.

 

The Fire Department is proposing a second rule, 3 RCNY §505-02, entitled “Apartment, Guest Room and Stairwell Fire Emergency Markings,” to set forth standards and requirements for the design and placement of entrance door fire emergency markings for dwelling units (apartments, guest rooms and sleeping rooms) in Group R-1 and Group R-2 buildings or occupancies, and stairwell doors, which serve to assist firefighters in locating such dwelling units and stairwells and in identifying multi-floor dwelling units.

 

The Fire Code was amended by Local Law No. 148 of 2013 to include, in FC505.4, requirements for apartment, guest room and stairwell fire emergency markings.  This rule is being proposed to implement this new section of the Fire Code.

 

The marking of entrance doors with emergency markings serves to better facilitate firefighting operations, thereby providing a greater level of safety to firefighters and building occupants.  The fire emergency marking enables firefighters to identify apartment numbers in smoke conditions that obscure the regular (eye-level) door numbers.  Such identification ensures firefighters can more quickly conduct search and rescue operations.

 

Additionally, the fire emergency marking for multi-floor dwelling units will make it possible for firefighters to ascertain whether they are entering the lower level of an apartment, rather than the upper level of an apartment, where temperatures may be unsafe.

 

The fire emergency marking also assists in identifying apartments that are joined horizontally (such as adjoining apartments that have been combined into a single dwelling unit).  All doors are to be marked with a star or a triangle to indicate whether they are a main entrance or a secondary entrance.

 

The requirement for doors to be marked extends to entrance doors lawfully obstructed from inside the dwelling unit, such as entrances obstructed by the placement of furniture or in some cases by sealing the door with sheetrock, while giving the appearance of an unobstructed entrance door on the corridor side.  Notwithstanding the fact that such lawfully obstructed entrance doors represent a major impediment to access, this proposed rule requires that such entrance doors be identified as a secondary entrance.  However, depending upon fire conditions in the dwelling, it is possible that even a lawfully obstructed entrance could be the only or safest means of access to a dwelling unit.

 

Terms used in the proposed rules that are defined in the Fire Code or elsewhere in the Fire Department’s rules are indicated by italics.

 

The entire proposed rules are underlined indicating that they are new rules.

 

“Shall” and “must” denote mandatory requirements and may be used interchangeably in the rules of the Fire Department, unless otherwise specified or unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

 

Guidance with respect to the interpretation of the Fire Code and Fire Department rules may be obtained using the Public Inquiry Form on the Fire Department’s website, www.nyc.gov/html/fdny/html/firecode/index.shtml#p6.

 

Subject: 

Apartment and Guest Room Identification and Directional Markings and Signs
Apartment, Guest Room and Stairwell Fire Emergency Markings

Location: 
Fire Department Auditorium
9 MetroTech Center
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Contact: 

No contact

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

Summary of Apartment & Loft Order No. 47 


The Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) by Order No. 47  has set the following maximum rent increases for rent stabilized leases subject to renewal on or after October 1, 2015 and on or before September 30, 2016 for apartments under its jurisdiction: 

 

For a one-year renewal lease commencing on or after October 1, 2015 and on or before September 30, 2016:          0%

For a two-year renewal lease commencing on or after October 1, 2015 and on or before September 30, 2016:          2% 


Vacancy Allowance

The vacancy allowance is now determined by a formula set forth in the State Rent Regulation Reform Act of 1997 and the Rent Act of 2015, not by the Orders of the Rent Guidelines Board.

 

Sublet Allowance

The increase landlords are allowed to charge when a rent stabilized apartment is sublet by the primary tenant to another tenant on or after October 1, 2015 and on or before September 30, 2016 shall be 10%.

 

Adjustments for Lofts

For Loft units to which these guidelines are applicable in accordance with Article 7-C of the Multiple Dwelling Law, the Board established the following maximum rent increases for increase periods commencing on or after October 1, 2015 and on or before September 30, 2016. No vacancy allowance is included for lofts.

 

1 Year            2 Years

  0%                  2%


The guidelines do not apply to hotel, rooming house, and single room occupancy units that are covered by separate Hotel Orders.Any increase for a renewal lease may be collected no more than once during the guideline period governed by Order No. 47.

 

Special Guideline

Leases for units subject to rent control on September 30, 2015 that subsequently become vacant and then enter the stabilization system are not subject to the above adjustments. Such newly stabilized rents are subject to review by the State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR). In order to aid DHCR in this review the Rent Guidelines Board has set a special guideline of whichever is greater:

  1. 33% above the maximum base rent, or 
  2. The Fair Market Rent for existing housing as established by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the New York City Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area pursuant to Section 8(c) (1) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. section 1437f [c] [1]) and 24 C.F.R. Part 888, with such Fair Market Rents to be adjusted based upon whether the tenant pays his or her own gas and/or electric charges as part of his or her rent as such gas and/or electric charges are accounted for by the New York City Housing Authority. 

Such HUD-determined Fair Market Rents will be published in the Federal Register, to take effect on October 1, 2015.


All rent adjustments lawfully implemented and maintained under previous apartment Orders and included in the base rent in effect on September 30, 2015 shall continue to be included in the base rent for the purpose of computing subsequent rents adjusted pursuant to this Order.

Effective Date: 
Fri, 07/24/2015

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments (View Public Comments Received:6)

Agency:
Comment By: 
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Proposed Rules Content: 

STATEMENT OF BASIS AND PURPOSE

 

PROPOSED 2015 APARTMENT AND LOFT ORDER (#47)

 

The Rent Guidelines Board is authorized to promulgate rent guidelines governing apartment units subject to the Rent Stabilization Law of 1969, as amended, and the Emergency Tenant Protection Act of 1974, as amended. The purpose of these guidelines is to implement the public policy set forth in Findings and Declaration of Emergency of the Rent Stabilization Law of 1969 (§26-501 of the N.Y.C. Administrative Code) and in the Legislative Finding contained in the Emergency Tenant Protection Act of 1974 (L.1974 c. 576, §4 [§2]).

 

The Rent Guidelines Board is also authorized to promulgate rent guidelines for loft units subject to Section 286 subdivision 7 of the Multiple Dwelling Law. The purpose of the loft guidelines is to implement the public policy set forth in the Legislative Findings of Article 7-C of the Multiple Dwelling Law (Section 280).

 

PROPOSED 2015 HOTEL ORDER (#45)

 

The Rent Guidelines Board is authorized to promulgate rent guidelines governing hotel units subject to the Rent Stabilization Law of 1969, as amended, and the Emergency Tenant Protection Act of 1974, as amended. The purpose of these guidelines is to implement the public policy set forth in Findings and Declaration of Emergency of the Rent Stabilization Law of 1969 (§26-501 of the N.Y.C. Administrative Code) and in the Legislative Finding contained in the Emergency Tenant Protection Act of 1974 (L.1974 c. 576, §4 [§2]).

Subject: 

Pursuant to Section 1043 of the City Charter and the hearing requirements of the Rent Stabilization Law of 1969, as amended, (Section 26-510(h) N.Y.C. Administrative Code) a public hearing on the proposed guidelines shall be held in Brooklyn. This is the fourth of four hearings. Additional hearings will be held in Manhattan on 6/8/2015 from 2pm to 6pm; the Bronx on 6/11/2015 from 5pm to 8pm; and Queens on 5/15/2015 from 5pm to 8pm.

Location: 
Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon Street Court Room
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Contact: 

In relation to the public hearings, registration of speakers is required. Pre-registration of speakers is now being accepted and is advised. Those who wish to pre-register may call (212) 385-2934.

Download Copy of Proposed Rule (.pdf): 

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments (View Public Comments Received:1)

Agency:
Comment By: 
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Proposed Rules Content: 

 

STATEMENT OF BASIS AND PURPOSE


PROPOSED 2015 APARTMENT AND LOFT ORDER (#47)

 

The Rent Guidelines Board is authorized to promulgate rent guidelines governing apartment units subject to the Rent Stabilization Law of 1969, as amended, and the Emergency Tenant Protection Act of 1974, as amended. The purpose of these guidelines is to implement the public policy set forth in Findings and Declaration of Emergency of the Rent Stabilization Law of 1969 (§26-501 of the N.Y.C. Administrative Code) and in the Legislative Finding contained in the Emergency Tenant Protection Act of 1974 (L.1974 c. 576, §4 [§2]).

 

The Rent Guidelines Board is also authorized to promulgate rent guidelines for loft units subject to Section 286 subdivision 7 of the Multiple Dwelling Law. The purpose of the loft guidelines is to implement the public policy set forth in the Legislative Findings of Article 7-C of the Multiple Dwelling Law (Section 280).

 

PROPOSED 2015 HOTEL ORDER (#45)

 

The Rent Guidelines Board is authorized to promulgate rent guidelines governing hotel units subject to the Rent Stabilization Law of 1969, as amended, and the Emergency Tenant Protection Act of 1974, as amended. The purpose of these guidelines is to implement the public policy set forth in Findings and Declaration of Emergency of the Rent Stabilization Law of 1969 (§26-501 of the N.Y.C. Administrative Code) and in the Legislative Finding contained in the Emergency Tenant Protection Act of 1974 (L.1974 c. 576, §4 [§2]).

Subject: 

Pursuant to Section 1043 of the City Charter and the hearing requirements of the Rent Stabilization Law of 1969, as amended, (Section 26-510(h) N.Y.C. Administrative Code) a public hearing on the proposed guidelines shall be held in Manhattan. This is the first of four hearings. Additional hearings will be held in the Bronx on 6/11/2015 from 5pm to 8pm; Queens on 5/15/2015 from 5pm to 8pm; and Brooklyn on 6/18/2015 from 5pm to 8pm.

Location: 
Elebash Recital Hall, The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue Between 34th and 35th Streets
New York, NY 10016
Contact: 

In relation to the public hearings, registration of speakers is required. Pre-registration of speakers is now being accepted and is advised. Those who wish to pre-register may call (212) 385-2934.

Download Copy of Proposed Rule (.pdf): 

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

Summary of Apartment & Loft Order No. 46 

The Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) by Order No. 46 has set the following maximum rent increases for rent stabilized leases subject to renewal on or after October 1, 2014 and on or before September 30, 2015 for apartments under its jurisdiction: 

For a one-year renewal lease commencing on or after October 1, 2014 and on or before September 30, 2015:          1.0%

For a two-year renewal lease commencing on or after October 1, 2014 and on or before September 30, 2015:          2.75% 

Vacancy Allowance

The vacancy allowance is now determined by a formula set forth in the State Rent Regulation Reform Act of 1997 and in Chapter 97 of the Laws of 2011, not by the Orders of the Rent Guidelines Board.

Sublet Allowance

The increase landlords are allowed to charge when a rent stabilized apartment is sublet by the primary tenant to another tenant on or after October 1, 2014 and on or before September 30, 2015 shall be 10%.

Adjustments for Lofts

For Loft units to which these guidelines are applicable in accordance with Article 7-C of the Multiple Dwelling Law, the Board established the following maximum rent increases for increase periods commencing on or after October 1, 2014 and on or before September 30, 2015. No vacancy allowance is included for lofts.

1 Year            2 Years

1.0%               2.75%

The guidelines do not apply to hotel, rooming house, and single room occupancy units that are covered by separate Hotel Orders.Any increase for a renewal lease may be collected no more than once during the guideline period governed by Order No. 46.

Special Guideline

Leases for units subject to rent control on September 30, 2014 that subsequently become vacant and then enter the stabilization system are not subject to the above adjustments. Such newly stabilized rents are subject to review by the State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR). In order to aid DHCR in this review the Rent Guidelines Board has set a special guideline of whichever is greater:

  1. 30% above the maximum base rent, or

  2. The Fair Market Rent for existing housing as established by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the New York City Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area pursuant to Section 8(c) (1) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. section 1437f [c] [1]) and 24 C.F.R. Part 888, with such Fair Market Rents to be adjusted based upon whether the tenant pays his or her own gas and/or electric charges as part of his or her rent as such gas and/or electric charges are accounted for by the New York City Housing Authority.

Such HUD-determined Fair Market Rents will be published in the Federal Register, to take effect on October 1, 2014.

All rent adjustments lawfully implemented and maintained under previous apartment Orders and included in the base rent in effect on September 30, 2014 shall continue to be included in the base rent for the purpose of computing subsequent rents adjusted pursuant to this Order.

Effective Date: 
Wed, 10/01/2014

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

 

STATEMENTOF BASIS AND PURPOSE

 

TheRentGuidelinesBoardisauthorizedtopromulgaterentguidelinesgoverningapartment unitssubjecttotheRentStabilizationLawof 1969, asamended,andtheEmergencyTenant ProtectionActof 1974, asamended.Thepurposeof theseguidelinesistoimplementthe publicpolicysetforthinFindingsandDeclarationof Emergencyof theRentStabilization Lawof 1969 (§26-501 of theN.Y.C.AdministrativeCode)andintheLegislativeFinding containedintheEmergencyTenantProtectionActof 1974 (L.1974c.576, §4 [§2]).

 

TheRentGuidelinesBoardisalsoauthorizedtopromulgaterentguidelinesfor loftunits subject toSection286 subdivision7 of theMultipleDwellingLaw.Thepurposeof theloft guidelinesistoimplementthepublicpolicysetforthintheLegislativeFindingsof Article7-C of theMultipleDwellingLaw(Section280).

 

 

Effective Date: 
Tue, 10/01/2013

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

 

STATEMENTOF BASIS AND PURPOSE

 

TheRentGuidelinesBoardisauthorizedtopromulgaterentguidelinesgoverningapartment unitssubjecttotheRentStabilizationLawof 1969, asamended,andtheEmergencyTenant ProtectionActof 1974, asamended.Thepurposeof theseguidelinesistoimplementthe publicpolicysetforthinFindingsandDeclarationof Emergencyof theRentStabilization Lawof 1969 (§26-501 of theN.Y.C.AdministrativeCode)andintheLegislativeFinding containedintheEmergencyTenantProtectionActof 1974 (L.1974c.576, §4 [§2]).

 

TheRentGuidelinesBoardisalsoauthorizedtopromulgaterentguidelinesfor loftunits subject toSection286 subdivision7 of theMultipleDwellingLaw.Thepurposeof theloft guidelinesistoimplementthepublicpolicysetforthintheLegislativeFindingsof Article7-C of theMultipleDwellingLaw(Section280).

 

 

Effective Date: 
Mon, 10/01/2012

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 



 Click here (.pdf) for the complete text of the adopted rule.



Effective Date: 
Sat, 10/01/2011

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Monday, June 17, 2013
Proposed Rules Content: 

 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose

 

The Rent Guidelines Board is authorized to promulgate rent guidelines governing apartment units subject to the Rent Stabilization Law of 1969, as amended, and the Emergency Tenant Protection Act of 1974, as amended. The purpose of these guidelines is to implement the public policy set forth in Findings and Declaration of Emergency of the Rent Stabilization Law of 1969 (§26-501 of the N.Y.C. Administrative Code) and in the Legislative Finding contained in the Emergency Tenant Protection Act of 1974 (L.1974 c. 576, §4 [§2]).

 

The Rent Guidelines Board is also authorized to promulgate rent guidelines for loft units subject to Section 286 subdivision 7 of the Multiple Dwelling Law. The purpose of the loft guidelines is to implement the public policy set forth in the Legislative Findings of Article 7-C of the Multiple Dwelling Law (Section 280).

 

 

Subject: 

Consideration of the guidelines for rent adjustments for apartment, loft and hotel dwelling units subject to the Rent Stabilization Law of 1969, as amended.

Location: 
Emigrant Savings Bank Building
49-51 Chambers Street (between Broadway and Centre Street)
New York, NY 10007
Contact: 

Ms. Danielle Burger
Rent Guidelines Board
(212) 385-2934
51 Chambers Street, Room 202
New York, NY, 10007

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Monday, June 20, 2011
Proposed Rules Content: 



 Click here (.pdf) for the complete text of the proposed rule.



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