No Proof Landlord's Affiliate Was General Contractor for MCI Work

LVT Number: #30927

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a new roof and facade work. Tenant appealed and lost. He claimed that there was an identity of interest between landlord and its general contractor, that the cost of the work was inflated, and that it was cosmetic in nature. While the contractor in question was an affiliate of the landlord entity, it wasn't the general contractor for the MCI work and there was no proof of payment. At the time the work was performed, it was DHCR policy to grant MCI increases based on the actual cost of the work, and landlord proved its costs.

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Syllman: DHCR Adm. Rev. Docket No. HM110001RT (7/9/20) [3-pg. doc.]