RENT INCREASE ORDERED

Landlord Entitled to Gas Surcharge Increases from Former Loft Tenant

June 26, 2018    

Landlord asked the DHCR for a ruling authorizing rent surcharges retroactive to July 1, 2006, based on tenant's gas usage for heat and cooking gas. Tenant's loft unit became subject to rent stabilization in...

Mitchell-Lama Tenants Seek Annulment of Rent Increases Ordered by HPD

June 25, 2018    

Mitchell-Lama tenants sued HPD after HPD authorized a 221 percent per room, per month rent increase and 2.5 percent increases for the following two years. Tenants claimed that HPD's decision didn't have a...

DHCR Must Raise Rent-Controlled Rent Based on Unique or Peculiar Circumstances

June 23, 2018    

(Decision submitted by Paul N. Gruber of the Manhattan law firm of Borah, Goldstein, Altschuler, Nahins & Goidel, P.C., who represented the landlord.)

No HPD Violations in Effect to Deny Maximum Base Rent Increase

October 30, 2017    

Landlord applied for an MBR increase for 2016-2017 to rent-controlled tenant's rent. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant claimed that there were pending HPD violations that prevented the...

Landlord Gets 1/40th Rent Increase for Painting Tenant's Apartment

August 22, 2016    

Landlord applied for a rent increase based on painting a rent-controlled tenant’s apartment, since painting wasn’t a service included in tenant’s rent. Landlord submitted copies of a contract and...

Landlord Can Raise Tenant's Rent Based on Stove Replacement

June 27, 2016    

The DRA granted landlord’s application for an increase in the MBR and MCR for rent-controlled tenant. Landlord had replaced tenant’s stove, and tenant signed a consent form for a 1/40th rent increase...

No Tenant Consent Required for IAIs Ordered Before Tenant’s Vacancy Lease Commenced

May 23, 2016    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant but found a total overcharge with interest of only $460. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant claimed that landlord failed to prove the cost...

Landlord Can Collect Rent Increases Retroactively

April 26, 2016    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge because, starting in May 2014, landlord retroactively sought to collect minimum dollar rent increases and not the guideline percentage increases under a lease that...

DHCR Reasonably Found Landlord's IAI Documentation Sufficient

April 19, 2016    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DHCR ruled against tenant, finding that landlord was entitled to a rent increase based on individual apartment improvements (IAIs). Tenant then filed an...

Landlord Can Increase Rent-Controlled Tenant's Rent for Painting

February 17, 2016    

Landlord applied to the DHCR for a rent increase after painting a rent-controlled tenant’s apartment. The DRA ruled for landlord and increased tenant’s rent by $12.50. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant...

Rent Hike Granted for First-Time Painting of Rent-Controlled Apartment

January 21, 2016    

Landlord applied to the DHCR for permission to increase rent-controlled tenant’s rent based on painting, which was not a service included in tenant’s rent. The DRA ruled for landlord and increased tenant...

Landlord Proves $143,000 Spent on IAIs

August 24, 2015    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled against tenant, who appealed and lost. The DRA found that the base rent date was Oct. 16, 2008, four years before tenant filed his complaint. The...

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