REQUIRED SERVICES

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...

DHCR Disapproves HVAC System Replacement That Shifts Costs to Tenants

December 18, 2017    

Landlord applied to the DHCR for approval of modification of services in connection with the building's heating and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Landlord sought to replace the existing fan coil heating and...

Landlord Can Replace Front Door Keys with Magnetic Lock and Key Fobs

November 22, 2017    

Landlord asked the DHCR for permission to replace a main entrance door key lock system with a magnetic lock/keycard system. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenants appealed and lost, but the DHCR clarified some of the...

Landlord Can Change Heating System If Tenants Bear No Costs for Heat

September 25, 2017    

Landlord asked the DHCR for permission to modify services for two apartments after replacing the existing steel boiler with a building-wide dual heat pump/air conditioner system. The application indicated that...

Some Services Not Provided When Building Transferred from Mitchell-Lama to Stabilization

August 28, 2017    

Rent-stabilized tenants complained of a reduction in building-wide services. The DRA ruled for tenants and reduced their rents. Landlord appealed and won, in part. Among other things, the DRA found that landlord had...

Landlord Can't Discontinue Elevator Service in Former Loft Building

July 24, 2017    

Landlord asked the DHCR for permission to eliminate elevator service at a former interim multiple dwelling (IMD) now subject to rent stabilization. The building was originally operated for commercial use, the...

DHCR Requires Free Key Fobs, Rent Reduction for Approving New Intercom

July 24, 2017    

Landlord asked the DHCR for permission to substitute a traditional wired intercom system with a modernized telephone-based intercom system, and to substitute a traditional key lock system with an electronic key fob...

Landlord Can Reduce Number of Public Bathrooms in SRO Building

July 24, 2017    

In 2008, landlord asked the DHCR for permission to change or decrease dwelling space and essential services in an SRO building by eliminating the women's public bathrooms on floors 4 through 10 and 12, and to...

Replacement of Intercom System Requires Telephone Landlines

March 30, 2017    

Landlord asked the DHCR for permission to replace a traditional wired intercom system with a modernized telephone-based intercom system. The DRA ruled for landlord on condition that, in order to offset costs to rent-...

Landlord Can't Discontinue Laundry Service Provided by Contractor

March 17, 2017    

Tenants complained of a reduction in building-wide services based on various...

Landlord Can Replace Security Guard with Surveillance System

February 22, 2017    

Landlord asked the DHCR for permission to modify building services by replacing a front door security guard with a surveillance camera system. The DRA ruled for landlord without ordering any rent reduction. The DRA...

Part-Time Attendants Replaced with Surveillance System and Package Lockers

February 21, 2017    

Landlord asked the DHCR for permission to modify building-wide services by eliminating 120 hours of part-time lobby attendant service and installing 16 new security cameras. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenants...

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