NYS DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL

Landlord Couldn't Support 49-Year Longevity Increase Claim

June 23, 2019    

The DHCR's Tenant Protection Unit (TPU) commenced an individual apartment improvement (IAI) audit for tenant's apartment. The TPU audit found that landlord's claimed IAIs didn't support the 2014 legal...

Landlord Didn't Prove Lease Listed Both Legal Regulated Rent and Preferential Rent

June 21, 2019    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and ordered landlord to refund $10,829, including triple damages. The overcharge finding was based on landlord's failure to prove...

Rent Overcharge for Storage Fee

June 21, 2019    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant because landlord charged tenant a $50 monthly storage fee when the building's initial service registration form included storage in...

Landlord Can Switch from Electrical Inclusion to Exclusion from Rent

June 21, 2019    

Landlord asked the DHCR for permission to convert from rent inclusion to rent exclusion of electricity by installing individual meters in various apartments. The DRA ruled for landlord on condition that landlord wire...

Landlord Can Take Tenant Photographs for Key Card System

June 21, 2019    

Landlord asked the DHCR for permission to modify building services by replacing metal keys used to access building entrances with and electronic key card/key fob entry system. The DRA ruled for landlord.

Landlord's Demolition Application Reopened

June 21, 2019    

Landlord asked the DHCR for permission to terminate the tenancies of five rent-stabilized apartments in order to demolish the building. The DRA ruled against landlord, finding that landlord didn't comply with...

DHCR Approves Replacement of Bell/Buzzer Intercom with Modern System

June 20, 2019    

Landlord asked the DHCR for permission to modify building services by changing a regular bell/buzzer intercom system to a modernized telephone intercom system. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenant appealed and lost....

DHCR Approved Change of Stove from Gas to Electric

June 20, 2019    

The DRA granted landlord's 2018-2019 Maximum Base Rent (MBR) Order of Eligibility with an effective date of Jan. 1, 2018, because landlord complied with certification requirements for the biennial cycle. Rent-...

MCI Rent Hike for Roof and Facade Work Included Cost of Asbestos Removal

June 20, 2019    

The DRA granted landlord's MCI rent increase application based on the installation of roofing/leaders, pointing and waterproofing, sidewalk bridging, asbestos removal, and air monitoring. Tenants appealed and...

Asbestos Removal Required During Removal of Old Roof

June 20, 2019    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of a new roof. The DRA ruled for landlord in part, but disallowed any increase for certain items of work and for architect's fees. Landlord appealed...

MCI Rent Hike Granted for Heat and Gas Risers

June 20, 2019    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of heat and gas risers. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant challenged the room count applied to the rent increase. But tenant...

Landlord Gave Tenant Rent Credit for Fuel Cost Adjustment Overpayment

May 25, 2019    

Rent-controlled tenant complained that landlord improperly calculated her 2018-19 maximum base rent (MBR) and imposed fuel overcharges between May 2008 and June 2018. The DRA ruled against tenant after tenant didn...