Fire Alarm System Installation Doesn't Qualify as MCI

LVT Number: #30676

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a new fire alarm system, fire alarm engineer costs, and burner replacement. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. The DHCR has consistently ruled that installation of a new fire alarm system isn't required for the operation, preservation, and maintenance of a building structure and fails to qualify as an MCI. As to denial of the burner installation, landlord failed to submit any municipal sign-offs despite several requests from the DRA. Landlord insisted incorrectly that no sign-off was required.

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Atria Management Company, LLC: DHCR Adm. Rev. Docket No. BV410046RO (1/7/20) [2-pg. doc.]