REQUIRED SERVICES

Landlord's Roof Deck Fee to Rent-Stabilized Tenants Was Reduction in Required Services

January 29, 2023    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained to the DHCR that landlord started imposing a service charge for roof deck access at its building even though this previously was a free amenity provided to all building tenants. The...

Parking Was Required Service Since Garage Owner Was Building Super

December 19, 2022    

In 2017 the DHCR's Rent Administrator initiated a proceeding to determine whether parking was a required service at landlord's building. In 2018, the DRA ruled that parking wasn't a required service since...

Landlord Can Replace Doorman with Remote Concierge and Guard Service

September 28, 2022    

(Decision submitted by Jillian Bittner, Esq. of the Williston Park law firm of Horing Welikson Rosen & Digrugilliers PC, attorneys for the landlord.)

Tenant Claims Landlord Didn't Provide Backup Battery for Key Fob System

September 26, 2022    

Landlord asked the DHCR for permission to modify required services at a rent-stabilized building by replacing the metal key system for the building's entry door with an electronic key fob system. The DRA granted...

Landlord Can Replace Night Lobby Attendant with Overnight Video System

September 26, 2022    

Landlord asked the DHCR for permission to modify a rent-stabilized building's 24-hour lobby attendant services. Landlord sought to replace an in-person attendant with electronic door and lobby monitoring system...

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...