NYS DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL

Removal of Public Telephones in SRO Building Was Reduction in Services

October 30, 2017    

Tenants complained of a reduction in building-wide services, claiming that building-wide security was decreased because there was no 24/7 desk coverage, visitors were no longer screened, the desk clerk stayed in a...

Landlord Claims Occupant Isn't Rent-Stabilized Tenant

October 30, 2017    

The DRA reduced rent-stabilized tenant's rent to $1 per month after a fire caused tenant to move out involuntarily. Landlord appealed and lost. Landlord claimed that tenant didn't file the complaint resulting...

Stained Wood Floor and Bathroom Vent Dust Weren't Minor Conditions

October 30, 2017    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of a reduction in services. The DRA ruled for tenant and reduced his rent based on a wooden parquet floor that was stained and worn out, as well as excessive accumulation of dust in...

Landlord Waited Until PARs Decided Before Collecting MCI Rent Hikes

October 30, 2017    

Rent-stabilized tenants complained of rent overcharge. They claimed that landlord required signatures on 2014 and 2015 renewal leases that contained improper rents, including two MCI rent hikes that weren't...

Triple Damages Applied Absent Proof of Judicial Sale

October 30, 2017    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant, and imposed triple damages. Landlord appealed and lost. The DRA found that a rent reduction order issued on June 14, 2012, with an...

No HPD Violations in Effect to Deny Maximum Base Rent Increase

October 30, 2017    

Landlord applied for an MBR increase for 2016-2017 to rent-controlled tenant's rent. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant claimed that there were pending HPD violations that prevented the...

No Valid Excuse for Late PAR Filing

October 30, 2017    

Rent-stabilized tenant filed a PAR of a decision in landlord's favor. The DHCR dismissed the PAR as untimely. The DRA's order notified tenant that a PAR must be filed within 35 days as a matter of law after...

Landlord Can't Collect Fuel Cost Adjustment

October 30, 2017    

Rent-controlled tenant challenged landlord's 2017 fuel cost adjustment (FCA) report. The DRA found that the FCA for 2017 was $2.55 per room per month but that the cumulative maximum FCA was -$6.75 per month....

Balcony and Terrace Reconstruction Were Part of Facade Work

October 30, 2017    

The DRA granted landlord's application for MCI rent hikes based on facade work and accompanying architect services. Tenants appealed and lost. Tenants argued that no MCI increase should be granted for balcony/...

Landlord Didn't Replace Entire Roof

October 30, 2017    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of a new roof. The DRA ruled against landlord because only 3,600 square feet of the 7,200 square foot roof was replaced. Landlord appealed and lost....

Request for Reconsideration of DHCR Order Must Be Filed Within 95 Days

October 30, 2017    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained to the DHCR that landlord had failed to correct a lease renewal as directed by a prior DHCR order. The DRA ruled that landlord had failed to give tenant a correct lease as ordered,...

Building Rent Stabilized Through Funding from DHCR Housing Trust Fund Corporation

October 30, 2017    

The DRA found that landlord's 69-unit Yonkers building was subject to rent stabilization under the ETPA. Landlord appealed, claiming that construction of the building was completed in 2007, that the building...

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