Knowledge is Power—and Private! and Free!

How much rent did the tenant before you pay?  Are you being swindled by your landlord, or is that sweetheart deal for real?

Finding out your building status, and the rent history in your apartment, is something every New Yorker should do.  The State created rent regulation to protect tenants, but these only work if tenants know about their status.  Getting your rent registration history is free, easy, and secret from your landlord.

How to do it:

You've got options!

  1. Email and ask for it at rentinfo@nyshcr.org. The rent history will be printed and mailed directly to your apartment a few days later.  Be sure to include your address and apartment number so they know where to send it!
  2. Call 718-739-6400. The rent history will be printed and mailed directly to your apartment.
  3. Visit the office in person. If you bring proof of identity (photo ID) and proof of tenancy (copy of lease, rent receipt, or utility bill), the rent history will be printed and given to you right at the office.

You might be entitled to pay a lower rent, or even be refunded by your landlord for overcharged rent.   Even if you choose to do nothing with it, aren't you curious?

Posted on February 8, 2016 .