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