Landlord's Brownstone Stoop Work Didn't Qualify as MCI

LVT Number: #29902

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of a brownstone stoop and steps and wall border resurfacing. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. It's the DHCR's established position that complete replacement of all exterior stairs to a building constitutes an MCI. But stoop restoration work involving the chipping of bluestone or brownstone and the application of a scratch coat and finish doesn't qualify as a complete replacement of the stoop. It is instead considered ordinary maintenance and repair.

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Scagnelli: DHCR Adm. Rev. Docket No. EV230007RO (12/14/18) [2-pg. doc.]