RENT HIKE DENIED

Landlord's Wheelchair/Accessibility Ramp Wasn't a Building-Wide Improvement

November 17, 2022    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a wheelchair/accessibility ramp. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. Since 2016, the DHCR had granted MCI applications for wheelchair/...

Gas Piping Service Costs for New Boiler Disallowed

November 17, 2022    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a new boiler. The DRA ruled for landlord in part, denying any increase for costs associated with engineering, installation of bypass equipment, and...

Prior Pointing and Waterproofing Was Part of Project Whose Useful Life Hadn't Expired

November 17, 2022    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on pointing and building facade work. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. The DRA found that a prior MCI rent hike was granted in 2001 for exterior...

Pointing and Waterproofing Were Done Within Useful Life of Prior MCI Increase

October 25, 2022    

(Decision submitted by Ronald S. Languedoc of the Manhattan law firm of Himmelstein McConnell Gribben & Joseph LLP, attorneys for the tenants.)

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on...

MCI Increase for Facade Work Denied Based on Prior Increase

October 24, 2022    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on pointing and steam cleaning. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. The DRA found that landlord had previously obtained an MCI increase in 2008 for...

Portions of Exterior Restoration Work Disallowed

October 24, 2022    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes in 2012 based on a number of improvements. The DRA ruled for landlord in part, granting an increase for parapets and related work, as well as a CCTV system. But the DRA denied any...

Landlord Didn't Disclose That Contractor Was Its Employee

September 26, 2022    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of front, vestibule, and courtyard doors at its building. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenants appealed and won.

New Sidewalks, Vault Repairs, and Garage Ramp Not Eligible for MCI Rent Hikes

September 14, 2022    

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

No MCI Increase for Elevator Upgrade

September 14, 2022    

Landlord applied to the DHCR for MCI rent hikes based on elevator upgrading. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. The elevator upgrade was performed before the 25-year useful life of the prior...

Rewiring Work Done on Piecemeal Basis Didn't Qualify as MCI

August 22, 2022    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on rewiring with related wall repairs and an installation of a new chimney stack. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. The rewiring work wasn't done as...

Landlord Can't Collect MCI Rent Hike from Tenant During Vacancy Lease Term

July 18, 2022    

The DHCR granted landlord's application for MCI rent hikes based on facade work. One tenant appealed, claiming that he wasn't subject to an MCI rent increase during the term of his vacancy lease, signed in...

Room Count Amended to Reflect Tenant's One-Room Apartment

June 13, 2022    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on elevator upgrading, elevator cab doors, and elevator motor room roof. The DRA ruled for landlord.

Tenant appealed, claiming that the room count for her apartment...