MAJOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

MAJOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

Backflow Prevention Device Qualifies as Major Capital Improvement

June 26, 2018    

The DRA granted landlord's application for MCI rent hikes based on elevator upgrading and installation of a backflow prevention device. Tenants appealed and lost. Any elevator defects were fixed as the work was...

Canopy Installations Don't Qualify as MCI

June 26, 2018    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes for courtyard concrete, fencing, landscaping, irrigation, new canopies, and vestibule doors, and new lobby and basement doors. The DRA ruled for landlord in part, but denied...

MCI Increase Revoked Due to Defective Roof and Facade Work

June 24, 2018    

(Decision submitted by David Hershey-Webb of the Manhattan law firm of Himmelstein, McConnell, Gribben, Donoghue & Joseph, LLP, attorneys for the tenants.)

Garage Roof Not Connected to Apartment Building Doesn't Qualify as MCI

May 22, 2018    

The DRA denied landlord's application for an MCI rent hike based on the installation of a new garage roof. Landlord appealed and lost. The DHCR's position is that replacement of a garage roof by itself doesn...

No MCI Increase for Partial Driveway and Walkway Repavement

May 21, 2018    

White Plains landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on driveway paving. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. Landlord argued that the installation of new asphalt driveways in front of all...

MCI Rent Increase Granted for Gas Pipes, Meters, and BPD

May 21, 2018    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of gas piping and meters, as well as a backflow prevention device. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenants appealed and lost. Tenants claimed that there was...

Landlord's Rewiring Work Qualified as MCI

April 22, 2018    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a new stoop, front door, and vestibule door, and hallway work and rewiring. The DRA granted the application concerning the new doors and denied all other...

Landlord's Refiled MCI Application Was Untimely

April 22, 2018    

The DRA denied landlord's MCI rent hike application based on installation of a new chimney and boiler because the DRA found that the application wasn't filed within two years of the installation completion...

Elevator Upgrade Without Installation of New Selector Doesn't Qualify as MCI

April 22, 2018    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on new windows, elevator replacement, electrical work, and exterior restoration. The DRA ruled against landlord based on its failure to submit information required for...

MCI Rent Hike Granted After "C" Violations Cleared

April 22, 2018    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a new roof. The DRA ruled against landlord because there were hazardous "C" violations on record with HPD for the building. Landlord appealed and...

DHCR Disallowed Some Costs Landlord Claimed Were Part of Garage Roof MCI

March 26, 2018    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on garage roof improvements. The DRA ruled for landlord in part but disallowed some of landlord's claimed costs. Landlord appealed and lost. Landlord argued that painting...

Tenant's Studio Apartment Contains One Room, Not Two

March 19, 2018    

The DHCR's Rent Administrator granted landlord's application for MCI rent hikes. The DRO ruled that tenant's apartment contained two rooms. Tenant appealed and argued that her studio apartment contained...