MAJOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

MCI Increase Granted for Roof Installation Found to Be Complete, Not Partial

October 21, 2019    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based a new roof and elevator upgrading. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenants appealed and won in part. The DHCR agreed with tenants that some sections of the roof hadn't been...

MCI Increase Granted for New Garage Roof that Doubled as Courtyard

October 21, 2019    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of a new garage roof that functioned as a courtyard. The DRA ruled for landlord but disallowed the costs of the garage walls and interior, foundation...

Security Cameras Installed by Cooperative Qualified as MCI

August 26, 2019    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of security cameras at the building. The DRA ruled for landlord and increased rents. Tenants appealed and lost. They argued that the building's...

MCI Increase Granted for Air Conditioning Chiller System

July 23, 2019    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of an air conditioning chiller system with related engineering. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant complained that the portion of...

Useful Life of Prior Boiler/Burner Didn't Matter

July 23, 2019    

Landlord applied to the DHCR for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a new boiler/burner. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant argued that the replaced boiler/burner was less than 25 years...

Painting of New Garage Disallowed from Approved MCI Costs

July 16, 2019    

The DRA partially granted landlord's MCI rent increase application for installation of a garage roof and related costs for the underground garage roof and surface parking lot. Landlord appealed and claimed, among...

Landlord Can Collect MCI Rent Increase While Building Gets J-51 Tax Benefits

July 16, 2019    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a new intercom system. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant argued that the MCI was completed while the building received J-51 tax...

No MCI Increase for One Rent-Stabilized Apartment in Substantially Rehabbed Building

July 16, 2019    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a boiler, windows, intercom, mailboxes, chimney, cornice, new roof, pointing, re-piping, sewer line, and painting/iron works. The DRA ruled against...

MCI Rent Hike for Roof and Facade Work Included Cost of Asbestos Removal

June 20, 2019    

The DRA granted landlord's MCI rent increase application based on the installation of roofing/leaders, pointing and waterproofing, sidewalk bridging, asbestos removal, and air monitoring. Tenants appealed and...

Asbestos Removal Required During Removal of Old Roof

June 20, 2019    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of a new roof. The DRA ruled for landlord in part, but disallowed any increase for certain items of work and for architect's fees. Landlord appealed...

MCI Rent Hike Granted for Heat and Gas Risers

June 20, 2019    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of heat and gas risers. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant challenged the room count applied to the rent increase. But tenant...

Smoke Detectors Don't Qualify as MCI

May 21, 2019    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of smoke detectors in all apartments. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. It's the DHCR's established position that hard-wired...