RENT REDUCTION DENIED

DHCR Reduced Rent for Condition Tenant Didn't Complain About

September 25, 2017    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of a reduction in apartment services. The DRA ruled for tenant and reduced his rent. Landlord appealed and won, claiming that tenant hadn't complained about the condition that...

Landlord Replaced Window Security Gate

August 28, 2017    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of a reduction in services, claiming that landlord had removed an improper window security gate and failed to replace it. The DRA ruled against tenant, who appealed and lost. Tenant...

No Monthly Rent Reduction for Tenants

August 27, 2017    

Rent-stabilized tenants complained of a reduction in building-wide services based on a dirty entrance and stairways due to construction crews; a decrease in lobby security service; cardboard planks left in hallways...

No Rent Reduction Where Rent-Controlled Tenant Caused Fire

July 26, 2017    

Rent-controlled sought rent reduction following a fire in his apartment that caused him to vacate. The DRA ruled for tenant and reduced his rent to $1 per month until the apartment was restored and habitable....

DHCR Properly Scheduled Second Inspection of Conditions

May 30, 2017    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of a reduction in services, claiming that kitchen drawers were loose and that cold air was seeping through the second bedroom's air conditioner. DHCR inspection on Feb. 23, 2016...

Removal of Storage Service for Tenant Was De Minimis

May 29, 2017    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of a reduction in building-wide services. The DRA ruled for tenant in part, and reduced his rent. The DRA found that the building's new intercom system didn't have a video...

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Rent Reduction for Minor Condition Tenants Didn't Complain About Was Revoked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

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