MAJOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

Landlord Didn't Include DOB Filing Fees in Claimed MCI Costs

December 12, 2019    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes, and the DRA ruled for landlord in part, granting increases for a garage roof for an underground garage and related costs for a surface parking lot. The DRA disallowed $20,000 for...

MCI Increase Granted for Rewiring with Related Wall Repair

December 12, 2019    

The DHCR DRA granted landlord's MCI rent increase application based on rewiring with related wall repair. Tenant appealed and lost. He claimed that no rewiring was performed in his apartment other than new wires...

Landlord Co-op Corporation Gets MCI Increase for New Windows

December 12, 2019    

Landlord cooperative corporation applied for MCI rent hikes to the building's rent-stabilized tenants based on installation of new apartment windows with related window sill replacement and sidewalk bridging...

MCI Rent Hike Granted for New Absorption Chiller in Central A/C

December 12, 2019    

Landlord applied to the DHCR for MCI rent hikes based on an absorption chiller replacement. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant claimed that the useful life of a prior chiller installation...

DHCR Notes Changes to MCI Rent Increase Collectability under HSTPA

November 19, 2019    

The DRA granted landlord's application for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a new boiler/burner. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant didn't cite any errors by the DRA but simply complained that his...

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...