NYS DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL

NYS DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL

Gas Service Restored by Time of DHCR Inspection

February 27, 2019    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of a reduction in building-wide services based on a gas shutoff that made dryers in the laundry room inoperable. The DRA ruled against tenant because gas service had been restored by...

DHCR Incorrectly Denied Rent Restoration

February 27, 2019    

Tenants complained of a reduction in building-wide services. The DRA ruled for tenants and reduced their rents based on a finding that peeling paint was on the ceiling between the third and fourth floors of the...

Pre-2014 Version of RSC Preferential Rent Provision Applied to Overcharge Claim

February 27, 2019    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and reduced his rent, finding that a preferential rent was tenant's legal rent because landlord failed to preserve a higher legal...

Landlord Must Refund Overcharges to All Tenants Even Though Only One Complained

February 26, 2019    

Tenant complained of rent overcharge and improper deregulation of a rent-stabilized apartment. Tenant moved into the apartment on July 15, 2014, under a one-year lease for $2,600 per month. The DRA ruled for tenant...

No Proof of Preferential Rent on Base Date

February 26, 2019    

Tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and ordered landlord to refund $5,337, including triple damages. Landlord appealed and lost. Landlord didn't submit copies of any leases or ledgers...

No Pre-Base Date Rent History Investigation Permitted for Deregulated Unit

February 25, 2019    

Tenant complained of rent overcharge and improper deregulation of his apartment, which she claimed was rent stabilized. The DRA ruled against tenant, who appealed and lost. Landlord deregulated the apartment based on...

No Overcharge Despite Incorrect Legal Regulated Rent

February 25, 2019    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. Landlord charged tenant a preferential rent on the 2012 base date, and both the legal regulated rent and preferential rent were listed in tenant's base date...

Landlord Cleared Sufficient Violations to Get Rent Increase

February 25, 2019    

Landlord applied for an increase in rent-controlled tenant's maximum base rent (MBR) for the 2018-2019 MBR increase cycle. The DRA ruled for landlord and increased the MBR as well as tenant's maximum...

Landlord Properly Set Initial Rent-Stabilized Rent

February 25, 2019    

Tenant complained of rent overcharge. His monthly rent was $1,720.80. The DRA ruled against tenant, who appealed and lost. The building was newly constructed, and tenant was the first tenant to move into the...

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...

Rent Reduction for Shaking Door Condition Revoked

February 25, 2019    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of a reduction in services. She claimed that her apartment entry door wasn't self-closing and the lock on the door needed to be repaired. The DRA ruled for tenant and reduced her...

Tenants in Apartments Rented to Homeless Shelter Organization Not Rent Stabilized

February 25, 2019    

Tenant complained of a reduction in services. The DRA ruled for tenant and reduced his rent. Landlord appealed and argued that tenant wasn't subject to rent stabilization. Landlord rented the apartment to the NYC...