Defects in Low Wall in Front of Building
LVT Number: 15607
Tenant complained of a reduction in building-wide services based on a cracked low wall in front of the building. The DRA ruled for tenant and reduced his rent. Landlord appealed, claiming that this was a minor condition that didn't warrant a rent reduction. The DHCR ruled against landlord. The wall, about 30 feet long, was cracked and breaking apart along its length, had loose cement joints, was tilting, and was in danger of falling. It wasn't located in an isolated area, either. This wasn't a minor condition.
Siba R.E., LP: DHCR Admin. Rev. Dckt. No. PH430049RO (12/14/01) [2-pg. doc.]