Fire Didn't Cause Tenant to Vacate
LVT Number: #24842
Rent-stabilized tenant complained of a reduction in services after his second bedroom was destroyed by a fire that occurred in the apartment below. The DRA ruled for tenant and reduced tenant's rent to $1 per month. Landlord appealed and won in part. Tenant didn't vacate the apartment as a result of the fire damage. So it was improper for the DRA to reduce tenant's rent to $1. Instead, tenant's rent should be reduced to the level in effect prior to the most recent guidelines adjustment in effect on Jan. 10, 2012, the date of the fire.