REQUIRED SERVICES

Landlord Can Replace Steam Heat System with Electric Baseboard Heat

July 20, 2021    

Landlord applied to the DHCR for permission to modify essential services by replacing a steam heating system with an electrical baseboard heating system. The DRA ruled for landlord. Three tenants appealed and lost....

Application to Modify Lobby Attendant Service Denied

July 20, 2021    

Landlord asked the DHCR for permission to modify lobby attendant services at its rent-regulated building complex in 2018, by replacing 24/7 lobby attendants with a virtual door attendant service. The DRA ruled...

Landlord Can Install Key Fob System That Will Protect Tenants' Privacy

June 21, 2021    

Landlord asked the DHCR for permission to replace a building's metal key entry system with an electronic key fob entrance system. The DRA ruled for landlord and set some conditions for the installation of the key...

Heat and Hot Water Weren't Required Services in Landlord's Building

June 16, 2021    

(Decision submitted by Michael Littman of the Rockville Centre law firm of Sidrane, Schwartz-Sidrane, Perinbasekar & Littman, LLP, attorneys for the landlord.)

1988 Order Shows Landlord Provided Laundry Room Service

May 25, 2021    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of a reduction in building-wide services based on laundry room service changes. THe DRA ruled against tenant, finding that laundry room service was being maintained and operated by a...

Swimming Pool Used by Fee-Paying Members Wasn't a Required Service

May 24, 2021    

Landlord of a rent-stabilized four-building apartment complex in Mount Vernon applied to the DHCR for permission to replace a swimming pool with other recreational facilities. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenants...

Tenant's Long-Term Fenced-In Roof Patio Wasn't a De Minimis Service

May 24, 2021    

Landlord asked the DHCR for permission to modify services by eliminating a fenced-in private rooftop patio connected to rent-stabilized tenant's apartment. The DRA ruled for landlord on condition that landlord...

Approval of Intercom Modification Subject to One-Year Trial Period

May 24, 2021    

Landlord asked the DHCR for permission to modify required services at its building by replacing an existing copper wire intercom system with a telephone-based intercom system. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenant...

Landlord Needn't Restore Tenants to Occupancy After Fire Destroys Buildings

April 27, 2021    

Tenants of two adjoining buildings owned by landlord filed 16 individual service reduction complaints and two building-wide service reduction complaints with the DHCR. The complaints resulted from a DOB Vacate Order...

Names on Mailboxes Not a Required Service If Never Provided

April 27, 2021    

Rent-stabilized tenants complained to the DHCR of a reduction in building-wide services. The DRA ruled for tenants and reduced their rents, based on conditions that included mailbox issues. Landlord later applied for...

Court Revokes DHCR Approval of Landlord's Application to Modify Courtyard

April 23, 2021    

In 1991, prior landlord of an apartment complex completely paved over most of a large courtyard area--which had contained grass, trees, benches, an ornamental fountain, play area, and other amenities--for parking...

Landlord Can't Refuse to Accept Packages Based on Size and Electronic Content

March 29, 2021    

Tenant complained to the DHCR of a reduction in building-wide services, claiming that in 2014 landlord verbally directed the concierge/doorman to stop accepting package deliveries containing electronics...