RENT REDUCTION DENIED

Isolated Stains on Common Area Carpeting Don't Warrant Rent Reduction

July 23, 2019    

Tenants complained of a reduction in building-wide services. The DRA ruled for tenants and reduced their rents. The DRA found that there were stains on the building's common area carpeting. Landlord appealed and...

Tenant Complains First-Floor Medical Office Buzzed in Visitors Without Screening

June 24, 2019    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of a reduction in building-wide services. Tenant claimed that a downstairs commercial medical office tenant treated the front entrance door as a private vestibule and gave entrance...

Gas Service Restored by Time of DHCR Inspection

February 27, 2019    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of a reduction in building-wide services based on a gas shutoff that made dryers in the laundry room inoperable. The DRA ruled against tenant because gas service had been restored by...

Rent Reduction for Shaking Door Condition Revoked

February 25, 2019    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of a reduction in services. She claimed that her apartment entry door wasn't self-closing and the lock on the door needed to be repaired. The DRA ruled for tenant and reduced her...

Rent Reduction for No Cooking Gas Revoked

January 28, 2019    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of a reduction in services in his apartment. The DRA ruled for tenant and reduced his rent based on various conditions, including the fact that there was no cooking gas service....

Transfer of Garbage Cans to Basement Wasn't Reduction in Services

January 28, 2019    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of a reduction in building-wide services. The DRA ruled against tenant, finding no service reduction. Tenant appealed and lost. Among other things, tenant complained that landlord...

Uneven Sidewalk Condition Was Minor

January 28, 2019    

Rent-stabilized tenants complained of a reduction in building-wide services. The DRA ruled for tenants and reduced their rents based on findings that some areas of the sidewalk in front of the building were uneven...

Tenant Didn't Provide Access for Inspection

September 24, 2018    

(Decision submitted by Michelle D'Elia of the Rockville Centre law firm of Sidrane & Schwartz-Sidrane, LLP, attorneys for the landlord).

Tenant's Wife Had No Standing to File Service Reduction Complaint

July 18, 2018    

Apartment occupant complained to the DHCR of a reduction in required services. Landlord pointed out that occupant wasn't the tenant of record and that occupant therefore had no right to complaint. The DRA ruled...

Elevator Condition Repaired by the Time of DHCR Inspection

June 27, 2018    

Tenants complained of a reduction in building-wide services due to elevator service and janitorial service in the elevator. The DRA ruled against tenants after DHCR inspection found no service reductions. Tenants...

Tenant Prevented Landlord from Entering Apartment During DHCR Inspection

February 22, 2018    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of a reduction in services. The DRA dismissed tenant's complaint. Tenant appealed and lost. The DHCR scheduled an inspection at the apartment and advised both sides. When the...

DHCR Inspection Showed Elevator Was in Proper Working Condition

December 18, 2017    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of a reduction in building-wide services based on elevator service deficiencies. The DRA ruled against tenant after DHCR inspection. Tenant appealed and lost. The DHCR's...