MAJOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

Landlord Can't Correct Room Count Errors in PAR

June 26, 2020    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on elevator upgrading. The DRA ruled for landlord. Landlord appealed, requesting a modification of the DRA's order. Landlord had mistakenly listed the total number of...

DHCR Reasonably Relied on Landlord's Lower Commercial Space Allocation

June 25, 2020    

Landlord applied to the DHCR for rent increases based on major capital improvements (MCIs) based on the installation of new boilers and burners. The tenants' association objected and, among other things, disputed...

MCI Costs Can Include Labor Costs for Landlord's Contracting Company

June 24, 2020    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a new roof, front stoop/concrete yard improvements, new siding and trim, and a new front door and transom. The DRA ruled for landlord in part, but...

Engineer Fees Included in MCI Increase for A/C System Installation

June 23, 2020    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on new central air conditioning equipment. The DRA ruled for landlord in part but disallowed costs associated with a consulting engineer.

Landlord appealed and lost....

Hallway Flooring and Staircases Qualified as MCIs

March 11, 2020    

The DRA granted landlord's application for MCI rent hikes based on hallway flooring and staircase installations. Tenants appealed and lost. They claimed that the work consisted of only the replacement of old...

Gas Piping for Oil Burner Was Necessary Work Related to MCI

March 11, 2020    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of several improvements. The DRA granted an increase for a new boiler/burner with related boiler room doors, boiler breeching, and a new chimney. But the DRA...

Fire Alarm System Installation Doesn't Qualify as MCI

March 11, 2020    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a new fire alarm system, fire alarm engineer costs, and burner replacement. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. The DHCR has...

MCI Rent Hike Granted for New Trash Compactor

February 11, 2020    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of building-wide windows and a new compactor. The DRA ruled for landlord, granting MCI rent increases. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant claimed that no new...

Date of MCI Increase Delayed to Match Clearance of "C" Violations

February 11, 2020    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on pointing and other facade work. The DRA ruled for landlord, granting rent increases. Tenants appealed and won in part.

New Hallway Flooring and Stairway Qualified as MCIs

February 11, 2020    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on a number of building improvements, including a new boiler and tank rooms, mailboxes, hallway floors, new stairway, pointing and waterproofing, concrete walkways, new...

MCI Increase Granted for Backflow Prevention Device

February 11, 2020    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a backflow prevention device. The DRA ruled for landlord and increased tenants' rents. Two tenants appealed and lost. Tenants claimed that landlord...

Creation of Duplex Units Altered Per-Room MCI Increase

January 29, 2020    

The DRA granted landlord's MCI rent increase application based on installation of rewiring, a new roof, and asbestos removal. Tenants appealed and won in part. Tenants disputed landlord's room counts. It'...