NYS DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL

Defect in One Public Area Window Warranted Rent Reduction

February 24, 2021    

Rent-stabilized tenants complained of a reduction in building-wide services based on a decrease in services to the security cameras and the windows. The DRA ruled for tenants and reduced their rents. Landlord...

Parking Provided by Independent Garage Wasn't an Ancillary Service

February 24, 2021    

The DHCR's Rent Administrator opened an Administrative Proceeding to determine whether parking was a required service for rent-stabilized tenants at landlord's building. The DRA ruled that parking wasn't...

DHCR Dismisses Tenant's Vague Complaint About Inadequate Heat

February 24, 2021    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained that he had no heat. The DRA ruled against tenant, who appealed and lost. Tenant argued that he had no apartment heat for the month of October 2019 while the temperature was, at...

Landlord Can Replace Cooking Gas Service with Electric Stoves and Furnaces

February 24, 2021    

In June 2018, landlord applied to the DHCR for permission to modify services by replacing all of the building's gas cooking stoves and furnaces with electric appliances to provide the same services. Tenants...

DHCR Inspection Found That Vermin Control Was Maintained

February 24, 2021    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of a reduction in building-wide services. Tenant claimed that vermin control wasn't maintained in the building's public areas. Landlord denied the condition. The DHCR's...

DOB Order Finding Elevator Problems Was Issued After Complaint Termination

February 24, 2021    

Rent-stabilized tenants complained of a reduction in building-wide services based on water supply and elevator service. The DRA ruled against tenants after finding that these services were maintained. Tenants...

Gas Pipe Installation Caused Reduction in Tenant's Living Room Space

February 24, 2021    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained that installation of gas piping in her living room reduced required services because the installation was done in an unworkmanlike manner and reduced her total apartment space. The...

Common Area Smoke Detectors Became Required Building Service

February 24, 2021    

Rent-stabilized tenants complained of a reduction in building-wide services. They claimed that the elevator wasn't leveling,  there were no operating smoke detectors in public areas, and that the building...

Bathroom Ceiling Leak Condition Wasn't De Minimis

February 24, 2021    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of a reduction in services based on a bathroom moisture condition caused by a leak from the upstairs apartment. The DRA ruled for tenant and reduced her rent. Landlord appealed and...

Two Out of 150 Common Area Windows Still Defective

February 24, 2021    

Rent-stabilized tenants complained of a reduction in building-wide services. The DRA ruled for tenants and reduced their rents in 2017 based on a finding of defective windows on the first, third, fourth, and sixth...

Landlord Must Offer Renewal Lease to Rent-Stabilized Tenant

February 24, 2021    

Rent-stabilized tenant filed a lease violation complaint in 2019, claiming that landlord never gave him a copy of his last lease and that landlord had offered no renewal since his lease expired on May 31, 2017. The...

Security Deposit and Increase Must Be Based on Preferential Rent

February 24, 2021    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained to the DHCR that landlord offered an improper renewal lease by seeking to increase tenant's security deposit by more than a guidelines increase over the preferential rent paid by...