The improvements in a unit are fixtures and alterations made to the unit by the residential tenant. These may include, but are not limited to, kitchen and bathroom fixtures, heating systems, interior partitions or flooring. A protected occupant who decides to move out of a covered unit may sell any improvements the occupant made or purchased to the owner or a prospective tenant, either before or after the unit is legalized and registered with the Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR). The tenant must offer the improvements to the owner before offering them to an incoming tenant. Improvements in a unit may only be sold once. A sale of improvements may affect the rent the incoming tenant is charged. If the tenant and owner agree to a sale, the owner will ask the tenant to sign documents to record the sale. Tenants should carefully read any paperwork from the owner before signing the documents.
See 29 RCNY § 2-07 for more information.
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