REQUIRED SERVICES

Landlord Can Replace Gas Stoves with Electric Stoves, Without Rent Reduction

August 22, 2022    

Landlord asked the DHCR for permission to modify required services by substituting electric stoves for gas stoves. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenants appealed and lost. The DHCR had ruled in other cases that...

Relocation of Laundry Services Results in $30 Monthly Rent Reduction

August 22, 2022    

Landlord asked the DHCR for permission to modify laundry room services at its building by eliminating the small laundry rooms on each floor, which each contained one washing machine and one dryer, and replacing them...

Landlord Can Change Laundry Room Service, with Rent Reduction

July 19, 2022    

Landlord asked the DHCR for permission to modify required services in a condo building with some rent-stabilized units, by eliminating the small laundry rooms on each floor and replacing them with one central laundry...

Replacing Elevator Operators with Hallway Attendant Wouldn't Adequately Modify Required Services

June 14, 2022    

Landlord asked the DHCR for permission to modify building-wide services for rent-regulated tenants in its building, by eliminating three elevator operators with shifts running from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m., and replacing...

Landlord Must Cover Cost of Conversion from Gas to Electric Stoves

April 15, 2022    

Landlord asked the DHCR for permission to convert gas stoves and ranges to electric stoves/ranges in a rent-stabilized building. Landlord pointed out that the building's gas pipelines were over 60 years old and...

Replacement of Window A/C with Portable A/C Wasn't a Reduction in Required Services

March 28, 2022    

Rent-stabilized tenant sued landlord, claiming that landlord improperly removed a window air conditioner from her apartment. Tenant asked the court to: (a) rule on the case without a trial; (b) compel landlord to...

Landlord Can Eliminate Fireplace Services for a $5 Monthly Rent Reduction

March 21, 2022    

Landlord, which had purchased six rent-stabilized apartments in a condominium building, asked the DHCR for permission to eliminate fireplace services in these apartments. Landlord claimed that, prior to buying the...

Landlord Can Convert from Gas to Electric Stoves for Rent-Stabilized Tenants

February 17, 2022    

Landlord asked the DHCR for permission to modify building services for rent-stabilized tenants at its building by replacing their gas cooking stoves with electric stoves. The DRA ruled for landlord. Two tenants...

Landlord Can Convert Steam Pipe/Radiator System to Electric Baseboard Heat System

January 24, 2022    

Landlord asked the DHCR for permission to modify its building's central heating system from a steam pipe/radiator system to an electrical baseboard heating system with individual baseboard units in each apartment...

Landlord Can Convert to Direct Electric Metering with Rent Reductions

December 21, 2021    

Landlord applied to the DHCR in 2011 for permission to modify building services in a loft building by terminating rent inclusion of electricity for tenants and changing from master metering to direct metering of...

Landlord Can Convert Steam Pipe/Radiator System to Electrical Baseboard System

November 19, 2021    

Landlord asked the DHCR for permission to change a rent-regulated building's central heating system from a steam pipe/radiator system to an electrical baseboard heating system with baseboard units in individual...

Landlord Who'll Pay for Related Tenant Electricity Costs Can Replace Gas Stoves with Electric

November 19, 2021    

Landlord asked the DHCR for permission to convert gas stoves to electric stoves in its building's rent-regulated apartments. The DRA ruled for landlord, with no change to the legal regulated rents. Tenant...