By Jared Chausow
By Katie Toth
By Elizabeth Flock
By Albert Samaha
By Anna Merlan
By Jon Campbell
By Jon Campbell
By Albert Samaha
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 membersWeinstein and Justin Macedoniawon'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.
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 pendingone in the City Council and one in the state legislatureto 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 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
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)