REQUIRED SERVICES

REQUIRED SERVICES

Rent-Stabilized Tenants Object to $35 Monthly Cable TV Surcharge

November 19, 2018    

Tenants complained to the DHCR of harassment, claiming that landlord unilaterally added a $35 cable TV charge to tenants' monthly rents of the building's rent-stabilized tenants. Landlord settled that case...

Landlord Can Replace Gas Stoves with Electric Stoves

November 19, 2018    

The DRA granted landlord's application to modify building services by replacing existing gas stoves with electric stoves. The DRA determined that tenants shouldn't be burdened with the installation cost of...

Landlord Can Replace Lobby Attendants with Video Surveillance System

November 17, 2018    

Landlord asked the DHCR for permission to replace part-time lobby attendants with a video surveillance system. The DHCR ruled for landlord. Tenants appealed, and the court sent the case back to the DHCR for...

Heat and Hot Water Weren't Base Date Services Provided by Landlord

October 29, 2018    

The DHCR's Tenant Protection Unit (TPU) filed service reduction complaints on behalf of six rent-stabilized tenants, claiming that inspection showed that the building's central heating/hot water system had...

Landlord's Relocation of Trash Receptacles Was Ordered by ECB

September 26, 2018    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of a reduction in building-wide services because landlord no longer collected trash on individual floors in the building. Instead, tenants were now required to bring trash to a...

Tenants Get Up to Four Additional Key Fobs with Intercom Service Substitution

September 15, 2018    

Landlord asked the DHCR for permission to modify building services by substituting a traditional hard-wired intercom system with a telephone-based intercom system, and by substituting a traditional key lock system...

Garden Service Not Restored for Tenants Who Lived at Adjoining Address

August 21, 2018    

Tenants of a two-building apartment complex complained of a reduction in services based on landlord's removal of items and level of garden use. Tenants claimed that the garden previously had been accessible for...

Can Landlord Collect Rent Surcharge for Cable TV Service?

July 18, 2018    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge based on a cable TV service surcharge that landlord charged two tenants. The DHCR ruled for tenants and ordered landlord to refund the $35 monthly surcharge....

Landlord Can Reduce Size of Apartments to Comply with Building Code

July 18, 2018    

Landlord asked the DHCR for permission to modify the square footage of 24 apartments in its building, subject to the imposition of rent reductions. The DRA ruled for landlord, provided that tenants whose apartment...

Landlord Can Replace Metal Key Lock with Key Fob System

June 26, 2018    

Landlord applied for permission to replace a traditional metal key lock at a rent-stabilized building entrance with a magnetic lock and key fob locking system. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenant appealed and lost....

Landlord Can Substitute Telephone Intercom for Bell/Buzzer

May 22, 2018    

Landlord asked the DHCR to approve a modification of building-wide services by substituting a traditional, hard-wired intercom system with a telephone-based cell and/or landlord intercom system. The DRA ruled for...

Courtyard Use Was Required Ancillary Service

March 27, 2018    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of a reduction in building-wide services. Tenant claimed that landlord had now barred tenant's use of the building courtyard, to reserve it for landlord's own use. The DRA...