The ABCs of the RGB

A Primer on the City’s Rent Guidelines Board


What to expect this year

Aside from the possibility of marauding marsupials, there are a few things to watch for. First is the unusual situation caused by the fact that two of last year's public members—Weinstein and Justin Macedonia—won't be returning, whittling the public contingent down to three members, which will intensify the lobbying by landlord and tenant members. Giuliani may replace the two by the time the board meets, but it's also possible the seats will remain empty for the bulk of the sessions.

The Times calls RGB chair Ed Hochman a nail-biter. His mother calls him a disgrace. Those are kind words compared to what tenants and landlords say.
photo: Hiroyuki Ito
The Times calls RGB chair Ed Hochman a nail-biter. His mother calls him a disgrace. Those are kind words compared to what tenants and landlords say.

Sources are as yet unwilling to speculate on what rent hike proposals will be put on the table by landlords, or what the final votes might be, but climbing fuel prices and a softening market are expected to influence the mix.

Two bills are pending—one in the City Council and one in the state legislature—to alter the board's composition by replacing the current requirements of five years' experience in housing, finance, or economics with experience in public service or service with a nonprofit; the housing requirement would remain. The state law would have the board consider landlords' profitability and make landlords file annual income and expense reports directly with the board. The city bill would require the council to approve mayoral appointees.

Also this year, look for meetings held outside the RGB's typical Lower Manhattan haunts. One is scheduled for Harlem and several for Brooklyn's Metrotech Center. The board hasn't been banned from the Borough of Churches entirely.

The next RGB meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 10, at Spector Hall, 22 Reade Street, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; the Income and Expense report will be presented. For the full schedule, call the RGB at 212-385-2934. For more information on the RGB and other useful housing-related issues, visit the board's Web site at www.housingnyc.com.


Research: David Blanks, Allen Edwards


Going Up: RGB Increases Since 1968
  leases
Leases From One Year Two Years Three Years  
7/1/68 to 6/30/70 10% 10% 15%  
7/1/70 to 6/30/71 6 8 11  
7/1/71 to 6/30/72 7 9 12  
7/1/72 to 6/30/73 6 8 10  
7/1/73 to 6/30/74 6.5 8.5 10.5  
7/1/74 to 6/30/75 8.5 10.5 12  
7/1/75 to 6/30/76 7.5 9.5 12.5  
7/1/76 to 6/30/77 6.5 8 11  
7/1/77 to 6/30/78 6.5 8.5 11.5  
7/1/78 to 6/30/79 4.5 6.5 8.5  
7/1/79 to 6/30/80 8.5 12 15  
7/1/80 to 6/30/81 11 14 17   "Low-rent Supplement"
If rent is less than...
10/1/81 to 9/30/82 10 13 16
10/1/82 to 9/30/83 4 7 10
10/1/83 to 9/30/84 4 7 10 $200, add $10 a month
10/1/84 to 9/30/85 6 9   $250, add $10
10/1/85 to 9/30/86 4 6.5   $300, add $15
10/1/86 to 9/30/87 6 9   $350, add $15
10/1/87 to 9/30/88 3 6.5   $325, add $10
10/1/88 to 9/30/89 6 9   $325, add $5
10/1/89 to 9/30/90 5.5 9   $325, add $5
10/1/90 to 9/30/91 4.5 7*    
10/1/91 to 9/30/92 4 6.5*    
10/1/92 to 9/30/93 3 5*    
10/1/93 to 9/30/94 3 5*    
10/1/94 to 9/30/95 2 4   $400, add $15
10/1/95 to 9/30/96 2 4   $400, add $20
10/1/96 to 9/30/97 5 7   $400, add $20
10/1/97 to 9/30/98 2 4   $400, add $15
10/1/98 to 9/30/99 2 4   $450, add $15
10/1/99 to 9/30/00 2 4   $500, add $15
10/1/00 to 9/30/01 4 6   $500, add $15

*Low rents were not supplemented during Dinkins's administration.
Data extracted from RGB Web site (www.housingnyc.com)
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