RENT REDUCTION DENIED

Removal of Storage Bins Was De Minimis

April 28, 2017    

Tenants complained of a reduction in building-wide services based on landlord’s removal of basement storage bins. The DRA ruled against landlord and reduced their rents. Landlord appealed to the DHCR and lost....

Rent Reduction for Peeling Paint and Plaster Revoked

April 26, 2017    

Tenants complained of a reduction in building-wide services. The DRA ruled for tenants in 2015 and reduced their rents based on a finding that paint and plaster above the window by the lobby door wasn’t...

Rent Reduction for Minor Condition Tenants Didn't Complain About Was Revoked

March 17, 2017    

(Decision submitted by Larry L. Rukaj of the Paramus, N.J., real estate consulting firm of Larry L. Rukaj & Associates, Inc.)

DHCR Inspector Found No Evidence of Mold in Apartment

February 27, 2017    

Tenant complained of a reduction in services, claiming that there was mold in her bedroom and bathroom. Tenant submitted a copy of a mold inspection report prepared by a consultant she hired. The DRA ruled against...

DHCR Inspection Showed Adequate Staircase Lighting

February 21, 2017    

Rent-stabilized tenants complained of a reduction in building-wide services. The DRA ruled for tenants and reduced their rents based in part on an HPD violation issued for “no lighting” in the building...

Building Gas Service Was Restored Before DHCR Inspection

February 17, 2017    

Tenants complained of a reduction in building-wide services based on interruption of gas service to the building, which affected apartment cooking gas as well as the building’s laundry service since dryers didn...

No Rent Reduction For Temporary Replacement of Exit Signs

October 28, 2016    

Tenants complained of a reduction in building-wide services based on various conditions. The DRA ruled for tenants and reduced their rents. Tenants appealed, claiming that there were additional conditions ignored by...

Decrease in Janitorial Staff Was Minor Condition

September 29, 2016    

Tenant complained of a reduction in building-wide services. The DRA ruled against tenant and dismissed the case. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant argued that the removal of a full-time porter resulted in a decrease...

No Rent Reduction for Vestibule Door Condition

September 29, 2016    

Tenants complained of a reduction in building-wide services based on a number of conditions. The DRA ruled for tenants and reduced their rents. Landlord appealed and won in part. The DRA erred by including “...

Gas Service Restored by Time of DHCR Inspection

September 28, 2016    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of a reduction in services, claiming that she had no use of the stove and oven in her apartment because there was no gas service. The DRA ruled against tenant, after inspection found...

Rent Administrator Incorrectly Reduced Tenant's Rent

September 28, 2016    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of a reduction in services because there was no lock on the entrance door to his apartment. The DRA ruled for tenant and reduced his rent. Landlord appealed and won. Landlord pointed...

Reduction in Community Room Size and Elimination of Kitchen Were Minor Conditions

August 23, 2016    

Tenants complained of a reduction in building-wide services. Tenants complained of dirty hallway carpeting, frequent elevator breakdowns, reduction in 24-hour security service, reduction in the size of the community...

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