Gaps in Brick Wall
LVT Number: 14175
Tenants complained of a reduction in building-wide services based on gaps in a brick wall. The DHCR ruled for tenants and reduced their rents. Landlord appealed, claiming that the condition complained of was minor and didn't warrant a rent reduction. The court and appeals court ruled against landlord. There were two gaps in the brick wall around the entrance to the building, which were six square feet and five square feet respectively. The DHCR reasonably found that this wasn't a minor condition.
Clarendon Mgmt. Corp. v. DHCR: NYLJ, 5/1/00, p. 32, col. 2 (App. Div.2 Dept.; Mangano, PJ, Bracken, McGinity, Luciano, JJ)