MAJOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

MAJOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

Tenants in Reregulated Building Were Subject to MCI Rent Hikes

February 21, 2019    

The DRA granted landlord's rent increase application based on window replacement. Landlord appealed and won. Landlord claimed that the list of affected apartments should be amended to include those apartments...

MCI Increase Granted for Elevator Modernization

February 21, 2019    

The DRA approved landlord's MCI rent increase application based on elevator modernization. Tenants appealed and lost. They claimed that a prior MCI rent increase was granted for an elevator upgrade within the...

MCI Kitchen Upgrades Didn't Reduce Apartment Sizes

February 21, 2019    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on repiping, including gas risers, as well as kitchen and bathroom upgrades. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenants appealed and lost. They claimed that the work was defective...

Landlord Can't Collect MCI Increase Until Rent Restoration Order Issued

January 28, 2019    

The DRA granted landlord's MCI rent increase application based on the installation of a new boiler/burner and chimney. Tenant appealed and lost. She argued that her rent had been reduced by the DHCR. But the DRA...

Useful Life of Prior Facade Work Didn't Matter

January 28, 2019    

The DRA granted landlord's application for MCI rent hikes based on pointing and waterproofing with related architectural services. Tenants appealed and lost. They claimed that the useful life of the prior work...

Concrete Replacement Work Didn't Qualify as MCI

January 28, 2019    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of new concrete yards at its building. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. To qualify as an MCI, concrete resurfacing must involve the...

Landlord's Brownstone Stoop Work Didn't Qualify as MCI

January 28, 2019    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of a brownstone stoop and steps and wall border resurfacing. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. It's the DHCR's established...

CCTV Security System Qualifies as MCI

January 27, 2019    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of a CCTV security system. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenants appealed and lost. It is long-standing DHCR policy that the installation of a CCTV security...

DHCR Adds Mobilization Costs to Approved MCI Increase

January 27, 2019    

The DRA partially granted landlord's MCI rent increase application based on facade restoration, parapet replacement, new garage roofs, and architect services. The DRA disallowed lintel refurbishment costs, air...

DHCR Delayed Effective Date of MCI Rent Hikes

January 27, 2019    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on compactor replacement. The DRA ruled for landlord, but landlord appealed, seeking modification of the order. The DRA ruled that Aug. 1, 2017, was the effective date of the...

Replacement of Con Ed Steam Heat System Qualified as MCI

January 27, 2019    

The DRA granted landlord's application for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of new boilers and burners. Tenants appealed and lost. Tenants argued that landlord replaced a Con Edison steam heating system...

Landlord Submitted Architect Statement That Violation Was Corrected

January 27, 2019    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on pointing and exterior restoration of its building. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant claimed that building-wide gas service hadn't been...