IAI Increase Approved for Building Wall to Divide Living Room

LVT Number: #29889

Tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant, finding a total overcharge of $104, including interest. Tenant appealed and lost. The DRA had approved an individual apartment improvement (IAI) rent increase based on landlord's $9,000 cost for creating a wall in the apartment, that divided the living room into two rooms, and adding an internal door. Tenant claimed that, under DHCR Operational Bulletin 2016-1, painting and plastering qualified as an IAI if part of a major renovation and if Sheetrock was done throughout the apartment.

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Oliveira: DHCR Adm. Rev. Docket No. FX210035RT (11/28/18) [3-pg. doc.]