MAJOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

Four Apartments with Leaks Permanently Exempted from MCI Rent Hikes

March 25, 2021    

In 2013, the DHCR's Rent Administrator granted landlord's MCI rent increase application, based on exterior restoration, terrace and roof replacements, and consultant fees. Tenants appealed, and in November...

MCI Application Filed Within Two Years of Final Payment Date Was Untimely

March 23, 2021    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a chimney relining and boiler. The DRA ruled against landlord, finding that the application was untimely. Landlord appealed and lost. Landlord argued that...

MCI Increase Granted for New Gas System Despite Six-Month Gas Shut-Off

March 23, 2021    

Landlord applied to the DHCR for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a new gas system and related construction work, along with intercoms, pointing, and waterproofing. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenants appealed...

Backflow Prevention Device Not Required by Law Isn't MCI

February 22, 2021    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a new sewer line, backflow preventer, laundry room vent with electrical work, and walkway handrails. The DRA ruled against landlord, finding that all of...

MCI Increase for Half Screens on Windows Removed

February 22, 2021     #31223

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of apartment and common area windows and a CCTV security system. The DRA ruled for landlord and granted rent increases. Tenant appealed and won, in part....

Landlord Gets MCI Rent Hike for Backflow Prevention Device

February 22, 2021    

The DHCR's Rent Administrator granted landlord's MCI rent increase application based on installation of a backflow prevention device, electric riser/pump, and associated engineering costs. Tenant appealed and...

Landlord Gets MCI Rent Hikes for New Apartment Doors and Locks

February 22, 2021    

Landlord applied for MCI rent increases based on installation of 32 apartment doors, marble door saddles, Mortise locksets, Segal locks, peep chime viewers, and safety chains. The DRA ruled for landlord and granted...

MCI Increase Granted for Handicapped Accessibility Lift

December 18, 2020    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of mailboxes and storage room doors. But the DRA disallowed other costs associated with lobby renovations as well as the cost of a new canopy and hallway...

Decorative Parapet Wall Was Related to Roof Installation

December 18, 2020    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a new roof, facade work, and an architect's services. The DRA ruled for landlord in part but denied any increase for reconstruction of a parapet wall...

Landlord Gets MCI Rent Hike for New Common Area Doors

December 18, 2020    

Landlord applied to the DHCR for MCI rent hikes based on new common area doors to the roof and boiler room and a new boiler/burner. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant questioned the cost of...

Tenant Dissatisfaction with New Balcony Didn't Bar MCI Increase

December 17, 2020    

Landlord applied to the DHCR for MCI rent hikes based on exterior restoration work and related architectural services. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenants appealed and lost. Among other things, tenants claimed that...

Engineer's Fees Included in MCI Increase for Work Needed for LPC Approval

December 17, 2020    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on pointing, parapet installations, engineering fees, consultant fees for the pointing, an asbestos survey, and asbestos removal. The DHCR ruled for landlord and approved the...