Landlord Didn't Prove Substantial Rehabilitation of Building
LVT Number: 17013
Landlord claimed that his building was substantially rehabilitated in 1986-87 and so was no longer subject to rent stabilization. The DRA ruled against landlord. Landlord appealed and lost. Before 1986, the building contained seven apartments. Two of the apartments were owner occupied, and two were continuously occupied by rent-stabilized tenants both before and after renovation work was completed. So landlord didn't show that at least 80 percent of the housing units were vacant at the time the rehab work started. Also, landlord didn't submit proof that the building was substandard or seriously deteriorated at the time the work was done. These requirements were contained in the Rent Stabilization Code.
Cassorla: DHCR Adm. Rev. Dckt. No. RH410058RO (10/6/03) [2-pg. doc.]