New Video Intercom System Qualifies
LVT Number: 15506
Landlord of an apartment complex applied for MCI rent hikes for the installation of a video intercom system in each of 14 buildings. The DRA ruled for landlord, and tenants appealed. Tenants claimed that the new video intercom was a new service, not an MCI. The DHCR ruled against tenants. It's DHCR policy that the replacement of an intercom for which the useful life has expired is an MCI if it otherwise qualifies. The fact that the new intercom has a video component doesn't disqualify it as an MCI.
City and Suburban Complex: DHCR Admin. Rev. Dckt. Nos. NF430085RT et al. (11/23/01) [3-pg. doc.]