NYS DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL

Services Restored by Time of DHCR Inspection

January 29, 2020    

In March 2018, rent-stabilized tenant complained of a reduction in services based on defects to light switches in the bathroom and bedroom, the bathroom outlet, bathroom light, bedroom light fixture, and electricity...

Rent Reduced Due to Heat and Hot Water Violation Despite Alternative Service

January 29, 2020    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained to the DHCR that he didn't have heat or hot water in his apartment. Tenant submitted a copy of an outstanding heat and hot water violation issued by HPD. The DRA ruled for tenant...

Removal of Illegal Partition Wall Is a Reduction in Services

January 29, 2020    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained to the DHCR of a reduction in services after landlord removed an illegal partition wall inside tenant's apartment. This reduced the number of rooms in tenant's apartment from...

Gap Between Apartment Door and Door Frame Was Minor Condition

January 29, 2020    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of a reduction in services based on various apartment conditions. The DRA ruled for tenant and reduced his rent. Landlord appealed and won, in part. One of the two reasons for the...

Nonworking Security Cameras Weren't a Minor Condition

January 28, 2020    

Tenants complained to the DHCR of a reduction in building-wide services based on nonworking security cameras in public areas of the building. The DRA ruled for tenants and reduced their rents. Landlord appealed and...

Landlord Can Raise Rent-Controlled Tenant's Rent for First-Time Painting

January 28, 2020    

Landlord asked the DHCR for permission to increase rent-controlled tenant's rent by $95 per month for first-time painting. The DRA ruled for landlord, since the apartment hadn't previously been painted, and...

Repeal of Fuel Cost Adjustments by HSTPA Is Effective as of June 14, 2019

January 28, 2020    

Rent-controlled tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled against tenant, based on a 2017 order deciding tenant's prior overcharge complaint. That DRA order calculated tenant's legal rent up to July...

Tenant Can Withdraw DHCR Complaint and File Claim in State Court Instead

January 28, 2020    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained to the DHCR of rent overcharge. Later, in March 2019, tenant's attorney wrote to the DRA and stated that tenant wished to withdraw his complaint because he wanted to file an...

DRA Mistakenly Ruled That Apartment Was Deregulated

January 28, 2020    

Tenant complained to the DHCR of rent overcharge and improper deregulation of his apartment. The DRA found that the apartment's legal rent on April 27, 2011, was over the monthly deregulation threshold of $2,000...

Tenant Can Withdraw Pending Overcharge Claim Without Notice to Landlord

January 28, 2020    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained to the DHCR of rent overcharge. The DRA later terminated and dismissed the proceeding based on a withdrawal letter submitted by tenant's attorney. Tenant's attorney advised...

DHCR Won't Consider Settlement Agreement Tenant Didn't Send to DRA

January 28, 2020    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and found a rent overcharge of $15,357. But, since tenant hadn't paid rent from March 2015 to May 2016, the overcharge was offset by...

Pending Rent Overcharge Appeal Now Subject to Six-Year Base Date

January 28, 2020    

Tenant complained of rent overcharge. After some prior determination and PAR remand order, the DRA ruled against tenant in January 2019. The DRA found that landlord proved the installation of individual apartment...