Landlord Can't Transfer Heating Costs to Tenant
LVT Number: #24816
Rent-stabilized tenant complained to the DHCR that landlord had reduced required services by unilaterally transferring the cost of heat and hot water to tenant. The DRA ruled for tenant and reduced his rent. Landlord appealed and lost. Landlord pointed out that tenant's lease required tenant to pay for his own electric heat and that tenants controlled and paid for their own electric heat and hot water at the time he bought the building.