MAJOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

Garage Roof Replacement Qualified as an MCI

September 14, 2022    

Landlord applied for an MCI rent increase based on installation of a garage roof. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenants appealed and lost. Tenants claimed that landlord had been negligent in maintaining the garage and...

Receipt of J-51 Tax Benefits for MCIs Reduces MCI Rent Hike While J-51 in Effect

August 22, 2022    

The DRA granted landlord's application for MCI rent hikes in 2014, with an approved rent increase of $9.45 per room effective Oct. 1, 2013, for rent-stabilized apartments and Feb. 1, 2014, for rent-controlled...

Rewiring Work Done on Piecemeal Basis Didn't Qualify as MCI

August 22, 2022    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on rewiring with related wall repairs and an installation of a new chimney stack. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. The rewiring work wasn't done as...

Garage Roof Unattached to Residential Building Didn't Qualify as MCI

August 22, 2022    

Landlord applied to the DHCR for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a boiler/burner, courtyard and walkways, waste compactor, TV/security camera system, and a garage roof and door. The DRA ruled for landlord in...

Landlord Can't Collect MCI Rent Hike from Tenant During Vacancy Lease Term

July 18, 2022    

The DHCR granted landlord's application for MCI rent hikes based on facade work. One tenant appealed, claiming that he wasn't subject to an MCI rent increase during the term of his vacancy lease, signed in...

Tenant Who Didn't Appeal MCI Rent Increase Order Can't Object to Its Modification

July 18, 2022    

The DHCR's Rent Administrator issued a modification order in connection with a previously granted MCI rent increase application due to the building's J-51 tax abatement. One tenant appealed and lost. Tenant...

Tenants Claim Landlord Didn't Comply with DOB Requirements for MCI Work

July 18, 2022    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on exterior restoration work, new windows, balcony doors, and related consulting engineer fees. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenants appealed and lost. They claimed that there...

Room Count Amended to Reflect Tenant's One-Room Apartment

June 13, 2022    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on elevator upgrading, elevator cab doors, and elevator motor room roof. The DRA ruled for landlord.

Tenant appealed, claiming that the room count for her apartment...

MCI Increase Granted for Electrical Upgrade, Including Meter Boxes

June 13, 2022    

The DHCR's Rent Administrator approved landlord's application for MCI rent hikes based on an electrical upgrade. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant claimed that the installation of seven meters included in...

New Chimney Installation Qualified as MCI

June 13, 2022    

Landlord applied to the DHCR for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a new chimney, boiler flue, and related work. The DRA ruled for landlord.

Tenants appealed and lost. Among other things, tenants claimed...

Court Upholds DHCR Approval of MCI Rent Increases as Rational

May 25, 2022    

In 2017, the DHCR's Rent Administrator granted landlord's MCI rent increase application based on landlord's installation of a new roof, pointing, waterproofing, parapet, and sidewalk shed. Some tenants...

Landlord's Proof of Emergency Condition Didn't Warrant Useful Life Waiver

May 16, 2022    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on an elevator upgrade. The DRA ruled against landlord, finding that a prior MCI order had been granted for an elevator upgrade in 2005. Therefore, landlord hadn't...