MAJOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

Cosmetic Work to Modernize Vestibule Didn't Qualify as MCI

August 14, 2018    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on elevator upgrading, a new elevator cab, new entrance and vestibule doors, parking lot asphalt, and a parking lot sub-base. The DRA ruled for landlord in part but denied...

Outstanding "C" Violation Barred MCI Rent Hike for One Apartment Only

July 27, 2018    

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

MCI Increase Revoked Because Penthouse Roofs Not Replaced

July 27, 2018    

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

The DRA granted landlord's...

Portion of MCI Costs Paid by Co-op Sponsor Disallowed from Rent Hikes

July 27, 2018    

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

Effective Date of MCI Rent Hike Delayed Until HPD Clears Violations

July 18, 2018    

The DRA granted landlord's application for MCI rent hikes for pointing and roof installation but delayed the effective date to Jan. 1, 2016, after all "C" violations for lead paint were removed from HPD...

Elevator Upgrade Qualifies as MCI Even If Done to Replace Broken Elevator

July 18, 2018    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on elevator upgrading. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant pointed out that the elevator broke in 2015 and wasn't working for six months before...

MCI Rent Hike Collectibility, Not Increase Itself, Limited to 6 Percent of Tenant's Rent

July 18, 2018    

The DRA granted landlord's application for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of new boiler/burners. Rent-stabilized tenant appealed and lost. Tenant argued that the rent increase violated DHCR policy...

MCI Rent Hike Application Denied as Untimely

July 18, 2018    

The DRA denied landlord's application for MCI rent hikes based on boiler/burner installation because the application was filed more than two years after the work was completed. Landlord appealed and lost....

Garage Roof, Asbestos Removal, and Sidewalk Bridge Included in MCI Costs

July 10, 2018    

The DRA granted landlord's application for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a new building roof, new garage roof, pointing, and architectural services in connection with the work. Tenants appealed and lost...

MCI Increase Granted for Compactor Installation

June 27, 2018    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on compactor replacement. The DRA ruled against landlord because it didn't submit a statement from an architect or engineer certifying that the installation of the...

Plumbing Work Didn't Qualify as MCI

June 26, 2018    

The DRA denied landlord's MCI rent increase application based on plumbing work, finding that the work didn't qualify as an MCI. Landlord appealed and lost. To qualify as an MCI, plumbing work must consist of...

Landlord's Parapet Repair Work Didn't Qualify as MCI

June 26, 2018    

The DRA denied landlord's MCI rent increase application, finding that repairs to balusters, cornices, dentils, and coping stones were repair and maintenance work, not major capital improvements. Landlord appealed...

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