LVT Number: 17174
Tenant complained of a rent overcharge. The DRA ruled against tenant. The DRA found no overcharge and ruled that the apartment wasn't rent stabilized because prior tenant's rent was over $2,000 per month. Tenant appealed, arguing that landlord's claimed $97,000 improvement costs were excessive. The DHCR ruled against tenant. Landlord proved the cost of improvements made to the apartment before prior tenant moved in. The total cost included electrical work done by a contractor for $13,400. The electrical work consisted of rewiring of the kitchen and two bathrooms, installation of a new ceiling fan and switch, new crystal ceiling light fixture, hardwired smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, new wiring, feeds, and switches for closet lights, additional electrical receptacles throughout the apartment, new decorator light switches and dimmers throughout the apartment, a new air conditioner, and a new circuit breaker. Landlord also rewired the doorbell and removed, rewired, cleaned, and reinstalled all existing light fixtures.
Levene: DHCR Adm. Rev. Dckt. No. RI410003RK (12/15/03) [3-pg. doc.]