NYS DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL

Tenant's Collectible Rent Frozen by Prior DHCR Rent Reduction Orders

March 24, 2021    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge in 2017. The DRA ruled for tenant, and ordered landlord to refund an overcharge with interest but no triple damages since landlord showed there was no willful rent...

Tenant Can't Submit Additional Rent Payment Information for First Time on Appeal

March 24, 2021    

Tenant complained to the DHCR of rent overcharge and improper deregulation of her apartment. The DRA ruled for tenant, found that tenant was rent stabilized, and found an overcharge of $1,169, including triple...

Overcharge for Unit in J-51 Building Must Be Calculated Using Regina Methodology

March 24, 2021    

Tenant complained to the DHCR of rent overcharge and improper apartment deregulation. Landlord admitted that the apartment had been mistakenly deregulated while the building received J-51 tax benefits. But landlord...

Landlord Didn't Prove Building Was Substantially Rehabbed

March 24, 2021    

Landlord asked the DHCR for a ruling that its building was exempt from rent regulation due to substantial rehabilitation in 2008. The DRA ruled against landlord. Landlord spent $24,000 to convert a six-unit SRO...

Building That Was Part of HMD in 1984 Is Rent Stabilized

March 24, 2021    

An unregulated tenant asked the DHCR to determine his status, claiming that he was rent stabilized. Tenant said that he moved into his apartment in 1984, when the building was part of a horizontal multiple dwelling (...

Building That Was 80% Occupied When Work Began Wasn't Substantially Rehabbed

March 23, 2021    

Landlord asked the DHCR for a ruling on a building's rent-regulatory status. Landlord claimed that the building was exempt from rent stabilization due to substantial rehabilitation performed between February 2016...

MCI Application Filed Within Two Years of Final Payment Date Was Untimely

March 23, 2021    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a chimney relining and boiler. The DRA ruled against landlord, finding that the application was untimely. Landlord appealed and lost. Landlord argued that...

MCI Increase Granted for New Gas System Despite Six-Month Gas Shut-Off

March 23, 2021    

Landlord applied to the DHCR for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a new gas system and related construction work, along with intercoms, pointing, and waterproofing. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenants appealed...

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...