MAJOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

Tenant's Leak Claim Didn't Prevent MCI Increase for New Roof

January 28, 2020    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a new roof. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant claimed that, despite the new roof installation, there was water penetration into...

Tenants Didn't File Objections to MCI Application, Despite Extensions

January 28, 2020    

The DRA granted landlord's MCI rent increase application based on building-wide rewiring. Tenants appealed and lost. Tenants claimed that they didn't receive a copy of the MCI application or a response from...

MCI Application Involving DOB Sign-Off Dismissed as Untimely

January 28, 2020    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a backflow preventer, including engineering costs. The DRA ruled against landlord, finding that landlord's MCI application wasn't filed within two...

DHCR Inspection Showed Apartment Had Two Rooms

January 28, 2020    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on elevator upgrading. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant claimed that landlord improperly designated his apartment as containing two rooms. Tenant...

MCI Increase for HVAC Replacement Denied

January 28, 2020    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on replacement of an HVAC system, including related general construction and engineering costs. The DRA ruled against landlord, finding that the work was done on a piecemeal...

Partial Parapet Wall Replacement Doesn't Qualify as MCI

January 28, 2020    

The DRA denied landlord's application for MCI rent hikes based on cement, stucco, aluminum capping work on a parapet wall, and aluminum air vents. Landlord appealed and lost. Landlord claimed that the entire...

Landlord Didn't Include DOB Filing Fees in Claimed MCI Costs

December 12, 2019    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes, and the DRA ruled for landlord in part, granting increases for a garage roof for an underground garage and related costs for a surface parking lot. The DRA disallowed $20,000 for...

MCI Increase Granted for Rewiring with Related Wall Repair

December 12, 2019    

The DHCR DRA granted landlord's MCI rent increase application based on rewiring with related wall repair. Tenant appealed and lost. He claimed that no rewiring was performed in his apartment other than new wires...

Landlord Co-op Corporation Gets MCI Increase for New Windows

December 12, 2019    

Landlord cooperative corporation applied for MCI rent hikes to the building's rent-stabilized tenants based on installation of new apartment windows with related window sill replacement and sidewalk bridging...

MCI Rent Hike Granted for New Absorption Chiller in Central A/C

December 12, 2019    

Landlord applied to the DHCR for MCI rent hikes based on an absorption chiller replacement. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant claimed that the useful life of a prior chiller installation...

DHCR Notes Changes to MCI Rent Increase Collectability under HSTPA

November 19, 2019    

The DRA granted landlord's application for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a new boiler/burner. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant didn't cite any errors by the DRA but simply complained that his...

MCI Increase Granted for Roof Installation Found to Be Complete, Not Partial

October 21, 2019    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based a new roof and elevator upgrading. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenants appealed and won in part. The DHCR agreed with tenants that some sections of the roof hadn't been...