Cracked Floorboards Weren't a Minor Condition

LVT Number: #30288

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of a reduction in apartment services based on cracked and ripped floorboards. The DRA ruled for tenant and reduced his rent. Landlord appealed and lost. Landlord claimed that the condition was de minimis--that is, minor--and didn't warrant a rent reduction. But the condition existed on all the wooden floors in the apartment. This included floorboards in two bedrooms, the living room, and foyer.  All the floorboards were worn and required sanding and polyurethane. 

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Ditmas Park Associates: DHCR Adm. Rev. Docket No. GQ210044RO (6/20/19) [3-pg. doc.]