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Information for Tenants

Lease Renewal Process

How does the Section 8 Lease Renewal Process Work?

  • The lease renewal process begins with the Section 8 landlord notifying NYCHA at least 60 days prior to the date of the proposed rent increase. 
  • After NYCHA receives the renewal request and supporting documentation, it conducts a rent reasonableness evaluation. 
  • In most cases, NYCHA pays the approved rent increase. However, if the rent increase exceeds the appropriate Section 8 payment standards, the tenant will be responsible for paying the rent increase to the landlord.

What will happen if the landlord fails to notify NYCHA of the proposed rent increase in a timely manner?

  • In order to avoid processing delays, the landlord must submit all required documentation to NYCHA at least 60 days prior to the effective date of the proposed rent increase. 
  • If the landlord does not comply with this deadline, NYCHA will continue to pay subsidy to the landlord using the old contract rent. 
  • Once the required documents are received and approved, NYCHA will process the rent increase effective the first day of the 3rd month.

Will NYCHA process the renewal increase if the unit failed inspection? 

  •  No. NYCHA will not process any rent increase with a “failed” apartment inspection status. 
  •  It is the landlord’s responsibility to make all the repairs before NYCHA can process any rent increase. 
  •  It is the tenant’s responsibility to allow access to the apartment for repairs and reinspection. 

Will NYCHA notify me when the lease renewal increase is approved?

Yes.  After NYCHA approves the rent increase, NYCHA will mail a Voucher Change Notice (VCN) to the tenant and the landlord.  The VCN will show:

  1. the new tenant share;
  2. the new NYCHA share
  3. the effective date of the change

Who will assist me with questions about lease renewals? 

For any questions concerning your lease renewal, please call the NYCHA Customer Contact Center (CCC) at 718-707-7771, or visit any CCC location. 

Where are the Customer Contact Centers located? 

Bronx/Manhattan Leased Housing Office
478 East Fordham Road (1 Fordham Plaza), 2nd Floor
Bronx, NY 10458

Brooklyn/Staten Island Leased Housing Office 
787 Atlantic Avenue, 2nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Queens Leased Housing Office
90-27 Sutphin Boulevard, 4th Floor
Queens, NY 11435

Where should landlords mail lease renewal documentation? 

New York City Housing Authority

P.O. Box 19197

Long Island City, New York 11101‐9199

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