Landlord Must Replace Nonworking Elevator

LVT Number: #30535

In 2009, landlord asked the DHCR for permission to modify building services after IMD loft tenant became subject to rent stabilization. Landlord wished to dismantle a 75-year-old elevator that had broken down for good, noting that spare parts were no longer available and that it would cost about $150,000 to replace the elevator. The DRA ruled for landlord and granted a 5 percent rent reduction for the building's four rent-stabilized tenants. The DHCR denied PARs filed by both landlord and tenants.

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Leonard St. Props. Group, Ltd. v. DHCR: Index No. 100887/17, 2019 NY Slip Op 08165 (App. Div. 1 Dept.; 11/12/19; Richter, JP, Tom, Gesmer, Kern, Moulton, JJ)