The ABCs of the RGB

A Primer on the City’s Rent Guidelines Board


Research: David Blanks, Allen Edwards

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.


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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