NYS DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL

On-Time Rent Payment Discount Was Unlawful

January 28, 2020    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and reduced tenant's rent. Tenant's lease provided for a substantial rent discount every month as long as tenant paid rent...

Two Family Members Can't Get Succession Rights at Same Time

January 28, 2020    

The wife of a deceased rent-stabilized tenant claimed succession rights and complained to the DHCR that landlord refused to give her a renewal lease. The DRA ruled for the wife and directed landlord to offer a rent-...

Lease Nonrenewal Case Reopened Based on Law Office Failure

January 28, 2020    

Tenant complained that landlord failed to offer her a rent-stabilized renewal lease. The DRA ruled for tenant after landlord failed to answer the complaint, and ordered landlord to offer tenant a one- or two-year...

Actual Base Date Rent Was Legal Rent

January 28, 2020    

Tenant complained of rent overcharge and lease violations, claiming that her apartment was unlawfully deregulated. The DRA ruled for tenant, finding a rent overcharge of $4,200 including triple damages. The DRA also...

Landlord Can Replace Gas Stoves with Electric Stoves

January 28, 2020    

Landlord asked the DHCR for permission to modify services at a rent-stabilized building by replacing gas stoves with electric ovens and stovetops. The DRA granted landlord's application. Tenants appealed and lost...

No Proof of Unique or Peculiar Circumstances Warranting Rent Hike

January 28, 2020    

New landlord asked the DHCR for permission to increase rents of five rent-controlled apartments in a building based on unique and peculiar circumstances. Landlord pointed out that: (a) a 1983 CAB expulsion order had...

Landlord Can't Amend Rent Registration

January 28, 2020    

In 2013, when it purchased and took over management of a building, landlord asked the DHCR for permission to amend rent registrations for one apartment for each year dating back to 2008/2009. Landlord claimed that...

Landlord Submitted Insufficient Proof of Lobby Door Replacements

January 28, 2020    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on several installations. The DRA granted an MCI increase for one lobby door but disallowed any increase for the refurbishment of a revolving door and two side doors as well...

Four Tenants Exempted from MCI Increase for Facade Restoration

January 28, 2020    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on building exterior restoration, with related consulting work, and terrace/roof replacement. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenants appealed and won, in part. Tenants claimed...

Rent Hike Granted for Entrance Door, Flooring, and Stair Replacement

January 28, 2020    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of a building entrance door, flooring, and stairs. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenant appealed and lost. Among other things, tenant claimed that the...

Partial Pointing and Waterproofing Work Qualified as MCI

January 28, 2020    

The DRA granted landlord's MCI rent increase application based on pointing and waterproofing, new intercoms, and associated engineering fees. Tenants appealed and lost. Tenants argued that the pointing and...

Tenant's Leak Claim Didn't Prevent MCI Increase for New Roof

January 28, 2020    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a new roof. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant claimed that, despite the new roof installation, there was water penetration into...