This is off topic but I assume many here reside in New York. I have read that there are about 1 million NYC apartments under rent control. I have also read that these rent control apartments go back several decades. Are there many apartments on CPW under rent control from 55th to about 87th overlooking the park. How low would the rent be in these apartments. There was an article recently about a rent control apartment on fifth avenue in a great location. Many of these apartments are occupied by elderly people that have been there for 40-50 years. Some of my questions are these. How are these apartments transferred to new tenants and can they stay at the same rent. My impression was that once the original tenant dies or moves away into a nursing home or other facility the landlord can raise the rent to current levels. Can the leases be transferred to anyone. Because of the desirability of these units I had always heard that the way people get them is by knowing somebody. They are never advertised. You always hear of the Benjy's of the world getting an apartment for $800 a month when everyone else is pay $4000 for the same unit. What I also can't understand is how a landlord can be forced to keep rents low on apartments that are rent controlled going back to some antiquated law from WWII when veterans were returning home. This whole thing seems like secret society that only a few people know about. Almost all the apartments in Santa Monica, Ca are rent controlled. Again I'm just curious how this whole thing works.