NYS DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL

NYS DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL

Landlord's Brownstone Stoop Work Didn't Qualify as MCI

January 28, 2019    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of a brownstone stoop and steps and wall border resurfacing. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. It's the DHCR's established...

Tenant's Son Can't Get Rent-Stabilized Apartment

January 28, 2019    

Rent-stabilized tenant's son complained to the DHCR that landlord refused to give him a renewal lease after tenant died. The son claimed that he had lived in the apartment with tenant almost all his life. Tenant...

Tenant's Roommate Didn't Prove Nontraditional Family Relationship

January 28, 2019    

Apartment occupant complained to the DHCR that landlord refused to offer her a renew lease after rent-stabilized tenant died. Occupant claimed that she was a nontraditional family member entitled to succession rights...

On-Time Discount Rent Clause Is Invalid

January 28, 2019    

Tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and ordered landlord to refund $13,919, including interest.

Rent Reduction for No Cooking Gas Revoked

January 28, 2019    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of a reduction in services in his apartment. The DRA ruled for tenant and reduced his rent based on various conditions, including the fact that there was no cooking gas service....

Landlord Didn't Restore Community Room

January 28, 2019    

Rent-stabilized tenants in Hempstead Village complained to the DHCR of a reduciton in building-wide services, claiming that landlord hadn't maintained a community room in the building. The DRA ruled for tenants...

Rent Reduction Order Retroactive to Month After Landlord Gets Complaint

January 28, 2019    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained in March 2017 that gas service wasn't being provided. The DRA ruled for tenant and reduced her rent effective May 1, 2017. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant claimed that there had...

Transfer of Garbage Cans to Basement Wasn't Reduction in Services

January 28, 2019    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of a reduction in building-wide services. The DRA ruled against tenant, finding no service reduction. Tenant appealed and lost. Among other things, tenant complained that landlord...

Standing Water in Meter Room Created Reduction in Services

January 28, 2019    

Tenants complained of a reduction in building-wide services. Among other things, they claimed that there was standing water in the building's meter room. The DRA ruled for tenants and reduced their rents....

Uneven Sidewalk Condition Was Minor

January 28, 2019    

Rent-stabilized tenants complained of a reduction in building-wide services. The DRA ruled for tenants and reduced their rents based on findings that some areas of the sidewalk in front of the building were uneven...

Transitional Housing for Homeless Families Not Subject to Rent Stabilization

January 28, 2019    

Apartment occupant complained to the DHCR of a reduction in required services. Landlord claimed that repairs had been made but also that the apartment wasn't subject to rent stabilization. The DRA ruled for...

Overcharge Resulted from Collection of Owner-Affiliated Broker's Fee

January 28, 2019    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge, claiming that she was charged an illegal broker's fee, application fee, key charge, and excessive late fees. The DRA ruled for tenant based on a prior DHCR...