NYS DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL

1996 Rent Reduction Order Applies to Freeze Rent

July 19, 2018    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained in 2015 of rent overcharge based on a 1996 rent reduction order that was still in effect. The DRA ruled for tenant and froze the 2011 base date rent at $650 based on the rent...

Apartment Was Properly Vacancy Deregulated Before Tenant Moved In

July 19, 2018    

Tenant complained of rent overcharge and claimed that her apartment had been improperly deregulated. Tenant relied on an appeals court decision in the case of Altman v. 285 West Fourth LLC and argued that,...

DHCR Dismisses Tenant's Claim Following Altman Decision

July 19, 2018    

Tenant complained of rent overcharge and claimed that landlord had improperly deregulated her apartment before she moved in. The DRA ruled against tenant, who appealed and lost. Tenant claimed that landlord committed...

On-Time Rent Discount in Rent-Stabilized Lease Is Improper Late Fee

July 19, 2018    

Tenants complained of rent overcharge and claimed that their apartment was improperly deregulated in 2007 while the building received J-51 tax benefits. The DRA ruled for tenant, finding that the apartment was rent...

Landlord Didn't Preserve Legal and Preferential Rents in Leases

July 19, 2018    

Tenant complained of rent overcharge and claimed that her apartment was illegally deregulated. The DRA ruled for tenant, found that she was rent stabilized, reduced her rent from $2,410 to $1,965, and ordered landord...

Garage Roof, Asbestos Removal and Sidewalk Bridge Included in MCI Costs

July 10, 2018    

The DRA granted landlord's application for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a new building roof, new garage roof, pointing, and architectural services in connection with the work. Tenants appealed and lost...

No Overcharge Where Tenant Paid Preferential Rent During Lease Term

June 27, 2018    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant, finding a small overcharge that wasn't willful. Landlord appealed and won. Landlord pointed out that the DRA based the overcharge...

Non-Working Security Cameras Were a Reduction in Services

June 27, 2018    

Rent-stabilized tenants complained of a reduction in building-wide services. The DRA ruled for tenants and reduced their rents. Landlord appealed and lost. Landlord pointed out that tenants had complained that it had...

Freight Elevator Service Discontinued

June 27, 2018    

Tenants complained of a reduction in building-wide services because the building's freight elevator wasn't in service. The DRA ruled for tenants and reduced their rents. Landlord appealed and lost. Landlord...

Elevator Inoperable at Time of DHCR Inspection

June 27, 2018    

Tenant complained of a reduction in building-wide services due to an inoperable elevator. The DRA ruled for tenant and reduced his rent. Landlord appealed and lost. Landlord argued that it needed additional time to...

Cooking Gas Shut Off Due to Con Edison Work Outside Building

June 27, 2018    

Tenants complained of a reduction in building-wide services due to a Con Edison gas service shut-off. Landlord argued that all required services that it had control over were being maintained and that Con Edison shut...

Elevator Condition Repaired by the Time of DHCR Inspection

June 27, 2018    

Tenants complained of a reduction in building-wide services due to elevator service and janitorial service in the elevator. The DRA ruled against tenants after DHCR inspection found no service reductions. Tenants...

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