RENT REDUCTION ORDERED

Landlord Improperly Changed Heat and Hot Water Service

July 24, 2020    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of a reduction in services based on changes made to her apartment after a building fire. She claimed that: (a) landlord placed a heating system in front of her kitchen sink and...

Damage to Fire Escape Warranted Rent Reduction

July 24, 2020    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of a reduction in services based on several conditions, including damage to the fire escape outside his apartment. Tenant claimed that the fire escape was damaged when the Fire...

Cracked Kitchen Floor Tiles Not Minor Condition

July 23, 2020    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of a reduction in services based on a cracked kitchen floor, a defective stove and refrigerator, missing ceramic tiles on the kitchen walls, and a water leak from the living room...

Landlord Refused to Accept Large Packages of Electronics for Tenants

June 25, 2020    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained to the DHCR in 2014 of a reduction in building-wide services after building staff discontinued their acceptances, on behalf of tenants, of large electronic goods. Tenant claimed...

DHCR Ruling That Landlord Didn't Provide Required Service Was Rational

May 20, 2020    

Rent-stabilized tenants complained to the DHCR of a reduction in building-wide services. Tenants claimed that the building's elevator had been removed from service and wasn't operable because the elevator...

Cracked Lobby Floor and Sidewalk Weren't Minor Conditions

January 29, 2020    

Rent-stabilized tenants complained of a reduction in various services based on lobby floor and sidewalk conditions. The DRA ruled for tenants and reduced their rents. Landlord appealed and lost. Landlord claimed that...

Public Area Window Conditions Weren't Minor

January 29, 2020    

Rent-stabilized tenants complained of a reduction in building-wide services. Tenants claimed that windows in the hallways, staircase landings, and recycling rooms needed repairs or adjustments. Landlord claimed that...

Nonworking Security Cameras Weren't a Minor Condition

January 28, 2020    

Tenants complained to the DHCR of a reduction in building-wide services based on nonworking security cameras in public areas of the building. The DRA ruled for tenants and reduced their rents. Landlord appealed and...

Rent Reduction Ordered Based on Vermin in Apartment

December 18, 2019    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of a reduction in services based on mold and vermin throughout her apartment. Landlord pointed out that tenant received monthly extermination service. The DRA ruled for tenant and...

Landlord Improperly Reduced Size of Tenant Storage Bins

December 18, 2019    

Rent-stabilized and rent-controlled tenants complained of a reduction in building-wide services based on a reduction in storage bin space previously provided. The DRA ruled for tenants and reduced their rents....

Conditions Resulting in DHCR Rent Reduction Weren't De Minimis

November 21, 2019    

Rent-stabilized tenants complained to the DHCR of a reduction in building services. The DRA ruled for tenants and reduced their rents. Landlord appealed, claiming that the conditions were de minimis--that is...

Hallway Ceiling Stains and Cracks Were Not Minor Conditions

November 19, 2019    

Rent-stabilized tenants complained of a reduction in building-wide services based on various conditions. The DRA ruled for tenants and reduced their rents. Landlord appealed and lost. Landlord claimed that some of...