MAJOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

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...

Cost of Heat Timer Included in MCI Increase for Burner Installation

December 17, 2020    

Landlord applied to the DHCR for MCI rent hikes based on a number of improvements. The DRA ruled for landlord based on elevator upgrading, related elevator cab work, electrical upgrade, concrete work, pointing and...

Effective Date of MCI Increase Was Properly Delayed

November 23, 2020    

Landlord applied to the DHCR for MCI rent increases based on rewiring, new front and back doors, a TV/security system, and key fob/card access control. The DRA ruled for landlord, who appealed the effective date of...

MCI Application for Backflow Prevention Device Was Untimely

November 22, 2020    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a backflow preventer and water boosting system. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. Installation of a backflow prevention device...

Only HSTPA Provisions on MCI Collectability Apply to Tenant PAR of MCI Rent Hike

November 22, 2020    

The DHCR's DRA granted landlord's application for MCI rent hikes based on plumbing repiping and gas repiping. Tenants appealed and lost. Tenants claimed that landlord's application contained false...

HSTPA Changes to MCI Rules Don't Apply to PARs of MCI Rulings

November 22, 2020    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of boiler burners and an air conditioning chiller. The DRA ruled for landlord.

Window Frame Repair Was Unrelated to MCI Window Replacement

November 22, 2020    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of new apartment windows. The DRA ruled for landlord in part, but disallowed any cost associated with repairing wooden window frames.

Cellar Vault Restoration Doesn't Qualify as MCI

November 22, 2020    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on cellar vault restoration. The DRA ruled against landlord, finding that this work didn't qualify as an MCI. Landlord appealed and lost. It's the DHCR's well-...