MAJOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

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...

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...

Tenant Didn't Prove New Burner Failed to Provide Heat and Hot Water

May 21, 2019    

The DRA granted landlord's application for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of a new burner. Tenant appealed and lost. She claimed that there was no heat or hot water at the building in January 2018, when...

MCI Rent Hike for New Boilers Denied

May 21, 2019    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of new boilers. The DRA ruled against landlord because landlord didn't submit a required Certificate to Operate from the NYC Dept. of Environmental...

New Landlord Didn't Submit Information Requested by DHCR

May 21, 2019    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on new gas piping. The DRA ruled against landlord after landlord failed to respond to DHCR requests for additional information. Landlord appealed and lost. Landlord claimed...

Repiping of Gas Lines Qualifies as MCI

May 21, 2019    

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...

Landlord Didn't Obtain Certificate to Operate Boiler

April 26, 2019    

(Decision submitted by David Hershey-Webb, Esq. of the Manhattan law firm of Himmelstein, McConnell, Gribben, Donoghue & Joseph, LLP, attorneys for the tenants.)

MCI Application for Window Replacement Denied

April 26, 2019    

(Decision submitted by David Hershey-Webb, Esq. of the Manhattan law firm of Himmelstein, McConnell, Gribben, Donoghue & Joseph LLP, attorneys for the tenant).

Parking Area Wasn't Commercial Space for MCI Purposes

April 25, 2019    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a new roof, facade and parapet restoration, bulkhead and entrance doors, intercoms, and related architectural fees. The DRA ruled for landlord but set the...