De Blasio jacked up the rent on two of his Brooklyn properties even while successfully pushing for rent freezes on about 1 million apartments that fall under the rent-stabilization program.
The rent in one unit of a two-family home owned by de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray jumped from $2,400 in 2009 to $2,850 last year, said a City Hall source, who confirmed figures first reported by Politico.
The annual hikes came in $50 and $75 increments.
Another unit in the wood-frame home, where de Blasio’s mother once lived, saw its rent go up by $25 to $1,825 in June 2015.
The first couple is also collecting $4,500 a month renting out their own home while they live in Gracie Mansion.
“It’s hypocritical and embarrassing to freeze rents in regulated units, but not his own,” said Jack Freund, executive vice president of the Rent Stabilization Association, which represents landlords.
The mayor isn’t eager to discuss the situation.
After disclosing the data for the past two years, his office decided this year that his apartment rentals are “private.”
City Hall spokesman Eric Phillips refused to comment “on the mayor’s modest personal rental income,” explaining that the rentals are a “private income source.”
“We’re not covered by the rent-stabilization law, as you know, but our attitude has been if there isn’t a specific reason to raise the rent, we don’t raise it,” he said. “And if there is a specific repair we have to make, then we do.”
But when asked about making the figures public, the mayor suggested reporters talk to his wife.
“The press office can talk to Chirlane McCray and see how she feels about answering that,” he said.
In each of the past two years, the Rent Guidelines Board — whose members are all appointed by the mayor — froze rents on new one-year leases for rent-stabilized units.
According to the board’s price index of landlord operating costs — including taxes, fuel, utilities and maintenance — expenses for owning a rent-stabilized building increased 6.2 percent last year.
But it’s a re-election year for the mayor, and landlords are bracing for a third straight rent freeze.
De Blasio has taken pride in picking and telling the board what to do.