Locked Fire Door in Lobby
LVT Number: 18272
Tenant complained of a reduction in services. The DRA ruled for tenant based on an inspection finding that the fire exit door in the lobby wasn't being maintained. Landlord appealed, claiming that the door in question wasn't a fire exit door but merely a door used by the building's super as a second means of exit in case of fire. The DHCR ruled against landlord. The DHCR's inspector stated that the fire door in the lobby was locked and required a key to get outside. This constituted a fire hazard. Landlord also didn't raise his claim before the DRA regarding the super's use of the door.
Rosenblum: DHCR Adm. Rev. Dckt. No. SJ430068RO (7/5/05) [2-pg. doc.]