Peeling Paint in Basement
LVT Number: 7045
Tenants complained of reduced services. The DRA reduced tenants' rents, based on peeling paint and plaster on the bulkhead and basement walls. Landlord appealed, claiming that this didn't warrant a rent cut. The DRA reopened the case and revoked the rent cut. Tenants then appealed, and the DHCR reinstated the rent cuts. The basement laundry room in the building was a required service. So, the area surrounding the laundry room is a public area that landlord must maintain. Peeling paint and plaster here is a reduction in services, which warrants a rent cut.
Rodriguez: DHCR Adm. Rev. Dckt. No. FI 130494-RT (4/22/93) [5-page document]