MAJOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

Engineering and Expediting Fees Disallowed for Roof and Parapet Installation

October 26, 2021    

The DHCR's DRA granted landlord's application for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a new roof and parapets. But the DRA disallowed additional costs, including engineer's fees, expediting, and...

No MCI Increase Granted Where "C" Violation Not Cleared

October 26, 2021    

The DHCR's DRA denied landlord's application for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a burner. Landlord appealed and lost. Rent Stabilization Code Section 2522.4(a)(13), as amended in 2014 and in effect...

MCI Increase Granted for Full Staircase Replacement

October 26, 2021    

Landlord applied to the DHCR for MCI rent hikes based on staircase replacement and installation of a backflow valve. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant claimed that the staircase was only...

No Proof Gas Main Installation Work Was Within Property Line

October 26, 2021    

Landlord applied to the DHCR for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a burner and backflow preventer. The DRA ruled for landlord in part, but denied costs for a gas main installation. Landlord appealed and lost....

Pre-HSTPA Groupwork Constituted MCIs

October 26, 2021    

Landord applied to the DHCR for MCI rent hikes based on kitchen and bathroom modernization. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenants appealed and lost. At the time the DRA granted landlord's application, MCI increases...

MCI Increase for Courtyard and Walkways Granted

October 26, 2021    

The DHCR granted landlord's application for MCI rent hikes based on installation of courtyards, walkways, concrete work, and side entry gates. Tenants appealed and lost. Tenants argued that they didn't have...

MCI Increase Granted for Elevator Upgrading

October 26, 2021    

Landlord applied for MCI rent increases based on installation of hot and cold water repiping as well as elevator upgrading. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenant appealed and lost. Among other things, the DHCR noted...

Installation of Back-Up Electricity Generator Didn't Qualify as MCI

October 26, 2021    

Landlord applied to the DHCR for MCI rent hikes based on installation of courtyards, walkways, concrete work, and side entry gates around its building. The DRA ruled for landlord in part but disallowed any increase...

No MCI Increase for Groupwork in Connection with Water Repiping

October 26, 2021    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on water repiping. The DRA ruled for landlord in part, but excluded from the total MCI costs the costs associated with kitchen and bathroom modernization work. While landlord...

MCI Rent Increase Granted for New Garage Roof

October 26, 2021    

Landlord applied to the DHCR for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a garage roof. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant argued that tenants who didn't own cars and don't use the...

Architectural Fees Relating to Canopy Restoration Added to MCI Rent Hike

September 23, 2021    

The DRA granted landlord's MCI rent increase application in part by approving an increase for pointing and waterproofing based on a comprehensive exterior restoration project with related architectural services...

No MCI Increase for "Groupwork" Kitchen/Bathroom Renovations

September 23, 2021    

Landlord applied in August 2018 for MCI rent hikes based on water repiping and kitchen/bathroom modernization work. The DRA ruled for landlord in part, granting the rent increase for the water repiping. But the DRA...