IMPROVEMENTS/NEW EQUIPMENT

IAI Increase Approved for Building Wall to Divide Living Room

January 28, 2019    

Tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant, finding a total overcharge of $104, including interest. Tenant appealed and lost. The DRA had approved an individual apartment improvement (IAI) rent...

Payroll Expense Disallowed from Cost of IAIs Added to Rent

June 26, 2018    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant, disallowed part of a rent increase collected for individual apartment improvements (IAIs), and ordered landlord to refund $1,987....

Landlord Can Raise Tenant's Rent Based on Stove Replacement

June 27, 2016    

The DRA granted landlord’s application for an increase in the MBR and MCR for rent-controlled tenant. Landlord had replaced tenant’s stove, and tenant signed a consent form for a 1/40th rent increase...

DHCR Reasonably Found Landlord's IAI Documentation Sufficient

April 19, 2016    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DHCR ruled against tenant, finding that landlord was entitled to a rent increase based on individual apartment improvements (IAIs). Tenant then filed an...

Rent Hike Granted for First-Time Painting of Rent-Controlled Apartment

January 21, 2016    

Landlord applied to the DHCR for permission to increase rent-controlled tenant’s rent based on painting, which was not a service included in tenant’s rent. The DRA ruled for landlord and increased tenant...

Landlord Proves $143,000 Spent on IAIs

August 24, 2015    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled against tenant, who appealed and lost. The DRA found that the base rent date was Oct. 16, 2008, four years before tenant filed his complaint. The...

Maintenance and Repair Items Disallowed from IAI Costs

May 20, 2015    

Tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and ordered landlord to refund $2,470, plus interest. Landlord appealed and lost. Landlord claimed that the DRA incorrectly disallowed some of the $32,...

Landlord Proved Individual Apartment Improvement Costs

April 23, 2015    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and ordered landlord to refund $85,750. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant claimed that the DRA should have disallowed more individual...

Landlord Proved Cost of Individual Apartment Improvements

March 23, 2015    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled against tenant, who appealed and lost. The DRA found that landlord proved the cost of individual apartment improvements made before tenant moved in...

No Rent Increase Permitted for Used Refrigerator

September 26, 2014    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. Among other things, landlord pointed out that individual apartment improvements (IAIs) had been made to the apartment before tenant moved in. The DRA ruled for...

Landlord Proved Individual Apartment Improvements

July 18, 2014    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled against tenant, who appealed and lost. Tenant claimed that landlord didn't perform individual apartment improvements that the DRA granted a rent...

No Rent Hike for Improvements After Evicted Tenant Restored to Possession

March 23, 2014    

In 2006, landlord sued to evict rent-controlled tenant for performing unauthorized apartment alterations. On March 1, 2007, the court ruled for landlord after a trial but delayed the eviction to give tenant time to...