Permanent Rent Reduction for Elimination of Storage Closets
LVT Number: #24789
Landlord asked the DHCR for permission to eliminate hallway storage closets in a rent-stabilized building. The DRA ruled for landlord on condition that landlord permanently reduce tenants' rents by the most recent rent guidelines increase. Landlord appealed and lost. Landlord claimed that since tenants no longer paid rent for the hallway closets they would receive a windfall. But landlord unilaterally eliminated the hallway closets before applying to the DHCR for permission to do so.