Repiping of Gas Lines Qualifies as MCI

LVT Number: #30101

The DHCR's DRA granted landlord's application for MCI rent hikes based on repiping of gas lines at the building. Tenants appealed and lost. Tenants claimed that: (1) the work shouldn't qualify as an MCI because it was undertaken due to an emergency; (2) they should be compensated for gas service that was shut off for some time; (3) landlord received J-51 tax benefits for the work; and (4) building-wide services weren't being maintained. Some tenants claimed that they were overcharged.

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Various Tenants of 3555 Bruckner Blvd.: DHCR Adm. Rev. Docket No. BU610054RT (3/25/19) [2-pg. doc.]