Loss of Backyard Access Not Minor Condition

LVT Number: #24652

Rent-stabilized tenants complained of a reduction in building-wide services after landlord fenced off and gated a portion of the rear backyard to which they previously had access. The DRA ruled for tenants and reduced their rents. Landlord appealed and lost. Landlord claimed that tenants still had access to a portion of the backyard and that any reduction in access was de minimis, or minor.

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