MAJOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

Partial Concrete Resurfacing Didn't Qualify as MCI

June 24, 2017    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on concrete resurfacing and a new roof. The DRA ruled for landlord in part but disallowed any increase for the concrete resurfacing work. Backyard drywall construction to...

15-Year Useful Life of Prior Air Conditioning System Hadn't Expired

June 24, 2017    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of a central air conditioning system. The DRA ruled against landlord, finding that the useful life for a prior MCI for an HVAC installation hadn't...

MCI Increase Granted Since "C" Violations Cured

June 24, 2017    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on elevator modernization. The DRA ruled for landlord and increased tenant's rents. Tenants appealed and lost. Tenants claimed that, while the MCI application was pending...

Tenant Must Pay MCI Rent Hike for Garage Door Even If He Doesn't Have Parking Space

May 30, 2017    

The DRA granted landlord's application for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of a new garage door. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant argued that he shouldn't have to pay any increase for the garage door...

Landlord's Gas Piping Work Didn't Qualify as MCI

May 29, 2017    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on a gas line installation. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. Only two of the building's six apartments had gas stoves and received new gas piping....

Partial Lintel Replacement Doesn't Qualify as MCI

May 29, 2017    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on lintel replacement. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. While landlord claimed that all lintels were replaced, only a partial replacement of lintels was...

Burner Conversion Not Done in Connection with Oil Tank Installation

May 29, 2017    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of an oil tank. The DRA ruled for landlord in part, but disallowed costs for the conversion of the burner to oil and gas. Landlord appealed and lost....

Installation of Electrical Meters Without Additional Rewiring Work Didn't Qualify as MCI

May 25, 2017    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of electrical meters. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. Rewiring qualifies as an MCI if the electrical upgrading includes...

Gas Line Replacement Didn't Qualify as MCI

May 25, 2017    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of a gas line. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. A building-wide gas line/piping generally qualifies as an MCI. But the installation...

Resurfaced Courtyard Without Tenant Access Doesn't Qualify as MCI

May 23, 2017    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on courtyard resurfacing. The DRA ruled against landlord because tenants didn’t have access to the resurfaced courtyard. Landlord appealed and lost. Although landlord...

Backflow Prevention Device Qualifies as MCI

May 23, 2017    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of a backflow preventer. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenants appealed and lost. Installation of backflow prevention devices, when required by law, are...

No MCI Rent Hike for Boiler/Burner and A/C Equipment

May 23, 2017    

The DRA denied landlord’s MCI rent increase application for air conditioning equipment and a boiler/burner. Landlord appealed and lost. The building had a Con Edison steam heating system with an indefinite...

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