MAJOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

Remediation of "C" Violations Permitted Approval of MCI Application

May 16, 2022    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on an elevator upgrade. Among other things, tenants claimed that there were "C" violations on file with HPD that hadn't been corrected and therefore should bar...

Con Ed Steam Heat System Had 50-Year Useful Life

May 16, 2022    

The DHCR's Rent Administrator granted landlord's application for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of new boilers and burners. Tenants appealed, claiming that the installation of new boilers/burners,...

Terra Cotta Rainscreen Recladding System Qualified as MCI

May 16, 2022    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on resurfacing exterior walls, along with related fees for a structural engineer, design architect, technical architect, and environmental fees. The DRA ruled for landlord....

Landlord Proved Parapet Installation Was Complete

April 15, 2022    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a parapet. The DRA ruled for landlord and granted rent increases for the parapet work and installation of a sidewalk bridge during the work.

Tenant Can't Seek Exemption from MCI Rent Hike for First Time on Appeal

April 15, 2022    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on roof and/or facade work. The DRA ruled for landlord but exempted four apartments from any rent increase due to water leaks and damage to walls and ceilings. A fifth tenant...

No MCI Increase for Basement Lighting

March 21, 2022    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of several improvements. The DRA granted the application based on installation of a chimney and rewiring but denied any increase for basement lighting. Tenant...

Repiping to Tenant's Apartment Was Installed Through Ceiling Below

March 21, 2022    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of building-wide plumbing and repiping. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant claimed that the kitchen of one apartment didn't...

Landlord Waited Too Long to File MCI Application

March 21, 2022    

Landlord applied to the DHCR for MCI rent increases based on installation of a boiler/burner. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. Rent Stabilization Code (RSC) Section 2522.4(a)(8) precludes an MCI...

Accessibility Lift Qualifies as an MCI

March 21, 2022    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a number of improvements. The DRA granted landlord's application based on installation of lobby doors and exterior service doors, but denied any rent...

"C" Violations Issued After MCI Application Filing Didn't Bar MCI Rent Hike

February 18, 2022    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on pointing and waterproofing of a building facade, as well as installation of hallway/lobby windows. The DRA ruled for landlord, and tenants appealed. Tenants claimed that...

Landlord Didn't Cure Rent Reduction Orders and "C" Violations

February 17, 2022    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on elevator upgrading. The DRA ruled against landlord in 2014, finding that there was an outstanding DHCR rent reduction order in effect for failure to maintain building-wide...

Many HSTPA Revisions to MCI Provisions Can't Be Applied to Pending PARs

February 17, 2022    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on exterior restoration with related consultant services, as well as a heating system conversion. The DRA ruled for landlord, granting the rent increases. Tenants appealed...