REQUIRED SERVICES

Landlord Replaced Apartment Door to Garage Roof with Windows

July 23, 2019    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of a reduction in services after landlord removed a door from the apartment leading to a garage roof area and replaced it with a window. The DRA ruled for tenant, finding that this...

Landlord Can Switch from Electrical Inclusion to Exclusion from Rent

June 21, 2019    

Landlord asked the DHCR for permission to convert from rent inclusion to rent exclusion of electricity by installing individual meters in various apartments. The DRA ruled for landlord on condition that landlord wire...

Landlord Can Take Tenant Photographs for Key Card System

June 21, 2019    

Landlord asked the DHCR for permission to modify building services by replacing metal keys used to access building entrances with and electronic key card/key fob entry system. The DRA ruled for landlord.

DHCR Approves Replacement of Bell/Buzzer Intercom with Modern System

June 20, 2019    

Landlord asked the DHCR for permission to modify building services by changing a regular bell/buzzer intercom system to a modernized telephone intercom system. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenant appealed and lost....

Landlord Can Reduce Number of Drying Racks in Laundry Room

May 21, 2019    

Landlord applied to the DHCR for permission to modify building-wide services by removing 28 drying racks, and installing two new drying racks in the building's laundry room. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenant...

Landlord Replaced Intercom System Without DHCR Approval

April 25, 2019    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of a reduction in services, based on landlord's removal of the building's intercom system. The DRA ruled for tenant and reduced his rent. Landlord appealed and lost. Landlord...

Settlement with DHCR Didn't Bar Landlord's Application to Modify Services

April 23, 2019    

Tenant filed an Article 78 court petition to annul the DHCR's agreement with landlords that settled a noncompliance proceeding concerning trash collection. The court ruled against tenant, who appealed and lost....

Landlord Replaced Apartment's "Patio" Doorway with Window

February 25, 2019    

Tenant complained of a reduction in services after landlord removed a "patio doorway" from tenant's apartment bedroom and replaced it with a window. Landlord pointed out that the double-hung window was...

Landlord Must Provide Secondary Manual Elevator

February 24, 2019    

Tenants complained of a reduction in building-wide services based on the removal of manual elevator service. Landlord appealed and lost. Landlord pointed out the building contained a separate passenger elevator....

Landlord Didn't Restore Community Room

January 28, 2019    

Rent-stabilized tenants in Hempstead Village complained to the DHCR of a reduciton in building-wide services, claiming that landlord hadn't maintained a community room in the building. The DRA ruled for tenants...

Landlord Can Restrict Acceptance of Large Electronics for Tenants

December 24, 2018    

Tenant filed two complaints concerning reduction in building-wide services. First, tenant complained that landlord directed the doorman to stop accepting package deliveries containing electronics notwithstanding the...

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...