How to Respond to a TPU Audit or Investigation

Despite controversy and court challenges, the TPU is stepping up its scrutiny of NYC landlords.

Owners most familiar with the DHCR’s Tenant Protection Unit (TPU) have probably received audit notices seeking either DHCR rent registration compliance for rent-stabilized buildings or proof of individual apartment improvements (IAIs) performed that resulted in significant rent hikes. The TPU also has initiated investigations of some owners based on allegations of harassment—that is, activity that’s designed or intended to cause tenants to give up their rights as rent-regulated tenants.

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