MCI Rent Hike Granted for Elevator Upgrade

LVT Number: #24786

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on elevator upgrading. The DRA ruled against landlord, finding that a prior MCI increase had been granted for work to the same elevator and that the previously improved elevator hadn't outlived its useful life. Landlord appealed and won. Landlord claimed that the prior work consisted of only a new controller. This was unsubstantiated, but any prior MCI rent hike was granted for rent-controlled tenants only. So landlord was entitled to collect the MCI increase from rent-stabilized tenants for the new work.

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