RENT HIKE DENIED

Landlord Didn't Obtain Certificate to Operate Boiler

April 26, 2019    

(Decision submitted by David Hershey-Webb, Esq. of the Manhattan law firm of Himmelstein, McConnell, Gribben, Donoghue & Joseph, LLP, attorneys for the tenants.)

Hallway/Lot-Line Windows Installed Without Protective Wired Glass

March 18, 2019    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of lot-line/hallway windows. The DRA ruled against landlord because "protectives" like wired glass, weren't included in the installation....

Landlord Can't Collect MCI Increase Until Rent Restoration Order Issued

January 28, 2019    

The DRA granted landlord's MCI rent increase application based on the installation of a new boiler/burner and chimney. Tenant appealed and lost. She argued that her rent had been reduced by the DHCR. But the DRA...

Concrete Replacement Work Didn't Qualify as MCI

January 28, 2019    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of new concrete yards at its building. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. To qualify as an MCI, concrete resurfacing must involve the...

Landlord's Brownstone Stoop Work Didn't Qualify as MCI

January 28, 2019    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of a brownstone stoop and steps and wall border resurfacing. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. It's the DHCR's established...

No MCI Rent Hike for Rent-Stabilized Tenant

December 26, 2018    

Landlord applied for an MCI rent hike for the building's sole rent-stabilized tenant based on installation of a boiler, burner, windows, parapet/exterior walls, intercom/mailboxes, entrance lobby vestibule doors...

Chimney Liner Installation Doesn't Qualify as MCI

December 26, 2018    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of new chimney liners and gas conversion. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. To qualify as an MCI, a chimney installation must involve a...

MCI Rent Hike for Rewiring Denied

December 24, 2018    

Westchester County landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on a number of improvements. The DRA ruled for landlord in part, but denied any increase for rewiring because landlord didn't submit electrical sign-...

Court Revokes DHCR Decision Granting MCI Rent Hike

November 25, 2018    

The DRA denied landlord's application for MCI rent hikes based on an elevator upgrade. Landlord appealed, and the DHCR ruled for landlord. Tenant then filed an Article 78 court appeal, claiming that the DHCR'...

Partial Parapet Wall Replacement Doesn't Qualify as MCI

November 18, 2018    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on parapet wall replacement and exterior waterproofing. The DRA ruled against landlord, finding that all parapets on the building weren't replaced and the exterior...

Boiler Heat Timer Control Didn't Qualify as MCI

October 22, 2018    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of a heat timer control on a building's boiler. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. The replacement only of the boiler control...

Landlord Didn't Get Waiver of Useful Life Requirement for Boiler

October 22, 2018    

Landlord applied to the DHCR for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of a boiler and chimney blockage. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. Landlord obtained a prior MCI rent increase in 2002...