NYS DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL

NYS DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL

Initial Rent Under HDC Regulatory Agreement Couldn't Be Preferential Rent

October 29, 2018    

Tenant complained of rent overcharge in 2015.

Effective Date of MCI Rent Hikes Delayed

October 29, 2018    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes in 2007 based on a number of improvements. The DRA disallowed any increase for elevator upgrading but granted MCI rent increases for new doors, a new TV/security system, new remote...

Apartment Subject to Deregulation After J-51 Tax Benefits Expired

October 29, 2018    

Landlord applied for high-rent/high-income deregulation of tenant's rent-stabilized apartment in 2012, claiming that tenant's legal rent was $2,500 per month or more, and seeking verification of tenant's...

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 Proves It Restored Storage Room Service

October 29, 2018    

Rent-stabilized tenants complained of a reduction in building-wide services. The DRA ruled for tenants and reduced their rents. The DRA later denied landlord's application to restore rents. Landlord filed a PAR,...

Rent Overcharge Resulted from Outstanding Rent Reduction Order

October 29, 2018    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and ordered landlord to refund $51, including interest. Tenant's rent had been frozen at $428 based on a rent reduction ordered...

Landlord Omitted Legal Regulated Rent from One Renewal Lease

October 29, 2018    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. Landlord claimed that tenant paid a preferential rent and that there was no overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and found a total overcharge of $5,400, including...

Landlord Didn't Prove Tenant Paid Preferential Rent

October 29, 2018    

Tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and found that because landlord failed to establish that there was a previously higher legal rent, the monthly $910 rent paid on the April 20, 2012, base...

Tenant Can't Challenge 1999 Rent Increase

October 29, 2018    

Tenant complained of rent overcharge and claimed that his apartment was improperly deregulated. The DRA ruled against tenant, who appealed and lost. Tenant filed his complaint in September 2014, claiming that a...

Overcharge Finding Revoked Where Landlord Proved Costs Spent for IAIs

October 29, 2018    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and directed landlord to refund $53,700, including interest. Landlord appealed and won. Landlord claimed that the DRA incorrectly...

Landlord's Redesign of Tenant's Bathroom Reduced Required Services

October 28, 2018    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of a reduction in required services. Tenant claimed that landlord demolished and renovated her bathroom by making it smaller and the entrance and use of the toilet space narrower....

Tenant's Leases Contained No Record of Preferential Rents

October 28, 2018    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and ordered landlord to refund $8,224, including triple damages and excess security deposit. Landlord appealed and lost. Landlord claimed...