NYS DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL

Landlord's Demolition Application Denied

May 21, 2019    

Landlord asked the DHCR for permission to demolish a rent-stabilized building and to evict tenant. The DRA ruled against landlord and denied its application. Landlord appealed and lost.

Tenant's Son Gets Rent-Stabilized Apartment

May 21, 2019    

Rent-stabilized tenant's son complained to the DHCR that he had succession rights to tenant's apartment and that landlord refused to give him a renewal lease. The DRA ruled against the son. The son appealed...

Building Exempt from Rent Stabilization Due to Substantial Rehab

May 21, 2019    

Tenant asked the DHCR to determine her apartment's regulatory status. She claimed that she was rent stabilized. Landlord claimed that it bought the building in 1989 and then performed a gut rehabilitation of the...

Landlord Can Reduce Number of Drying Racks in Laundry Room

May 21, 2019    

Landlord applied to the DHCR for permission to modify building-wide services by removing 28 drying racks, and installing two new drying racks in the building's laundry room. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenant...

Smoke Detectors Don't Qualify as MCI

May 21, 2019    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of smoke detectors in all apartments. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. It's the DHCR's established position that hard-wired...

Tenant Didn't Prove New Burner Failed to Provide Heat and Hot Water

May 21, 2019    

The DRA granted landlord's application for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of a new burner. Tenant appealed and lost. She claimed that there was no heat or hot water at the building in January 2018, when...

MCI Rent Hike for New Boilers Denied

May 21, 2019    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of new boilers. The DRA ruled against landlord because landlord didn't submit a required Certificate to Operate from the NYC Dept. of Environmental...

New Landlord Didn't Submit Information Requested by DHCR

May 21, 2019    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on new gas piping. The DRA ruled against landlord after landlord failed to respond to DHCR requests for additional information. Landlord appealed and lost. Landlord claimed...

Repiping of Gas Lines Qualifies as MCI

May 21, 2019    

The DHCR's DRA granted landlord's application for MCI rent hikes based on repiping of gas lines at the building. Tenants appealed and lost. Tenants claimed that: (1) the work shouldn't qualify as an MCI...

Landlord Omitted Legal Regulated Rent from One Renewal Lease Listing Preferential Rent

April 28, 2019    

(Decision submitted by Eileen O'Toole, Esq. of the Manhattan law firm of Borah, Goldstein, Altschuler, Nahins & Goidel, P.C., attorneys for the landlord.)

Tub Reglazing and Wood Floor Refinishing Disallowed from IAI Costs

April 28, 2019    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and found a total rent overcharge of $22. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant disputed a number of individual apartment improvements (IAIs)...

Tenant's Daughter Was Entitled to Raise Rent Overcharge Claim

April 28, 2019    

Rent-stabilized tenant's daughter complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant's daughter and ordered landlord to refund $32,695, including interest. Landlord and tenant both appealed and lost....