MAJOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

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'...

Landlord Submitted Insufficient Proof of Lobby Door Replacements

January 28, 2020    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on several installations. The DRA granted an MCI increase for one lobby door but disallowed any increase for the refurbishment of a revolving door and two side doors as well...

Four Tenants Exempted from MCI Increase for Facade Restoration

January 28, 2020    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on building exterior restoration, with related consulting work, and terrace/roof replacement. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenants appealed and won, in part. Tenants claimed...

Rent Hike Granted for Entrance Door, Flooring, and Stair Replacement

January 28, 2020    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of a building entrance door, flooring, and stairs. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenant appealed and lost. Among other things, tenant claimed that the...

Partial Pointing and Waterproofing Work Qualified as MCI

January 28, 2020    

The DRA granted landlord's MCI rent increase application based on pointing and waterproofing, new intercoms, and associated engineering fees. Tenants appealed and lost. Tenants argued that the pointing and...