RENT HIKE DENIED

Security Camera System Not Connected to All Building Entrances

August 29, 2017    

The DRA granted landlord's application for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of a boiler/burner, security camera, and pointing. Tenants appealed and won, in part. Tenants claimed that the security camera...

Landlord Didn't Submit DOB Sign-Off

August 28, 2017    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of a new roof and repointing. The DRA ruled for landlord but disallowed the costs for fire escape work, rebuilding of a basement entrance, main sewer work...

MCI Increase Granted for Work on Three Out of Four Elevators

August 20, 2017    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on elevator upgrading. The DRA ruled for landlord in part, granting increases for work done on three of the building's four elevators. Landlord appealed and lost. Costs...

Staircase Work Didn't Constitute Major Capital Improvement

July 27, 2017    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a new staircase. The DRA ruled against landlord, finding that the steel staircase frame, hand rails, railing, and posts weren't new installations....

Partial Parapet Replacement Doesn't Qualify as MCI

July 24, 2017    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on parapet wall/lintel installation. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. Partial replacement of parapet walls doesn't qualify as an MCI unless done as...

Iron Railings Costs Disallowed in Connection with Parapet Installation

July 24, 2017    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on parapet replacement. The DHCR ruled for landlord but disallowed the cost of installation and painting of iron railings at the front and rear of the building and of filing...

Partial Concrete Resurfacing Didn't Qualify as MCI

June 24, 2017    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on concrete resurfacing and a new roof. The DRA ruled for landlord in part but disallowed any increase for the concrete resurfacing work. Backyard drywall construction to...

15-Year Useful Life of Prior Air Conditioning System Hadn't Expired

June 24, 2017    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of a central air conditioning system. The DRA ruled against landlord, finding that the useful life for a prior MCI for an HVAC installation hadn't...

Landlord's Gas Piping Work Didn't Qualify as MCI

May 29, 2017    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on a gas line installation. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. Only two of the building's six apartments had gas stoves and received new gas piping....

Partial Lintel Replacement Doesn't Qualify as MCI

May 29, 2017    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on lintel replacement. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. While landlord claimed that all lintels were replaced, only a partial replacement of lintels was...

Burner Conversion Not Done in Connection with Oil Tank Installation

May 29, 2017    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of an oil tank. The DRA ruled for landlord in part, but disallowed costs for the conversion of the burner to oil and gas. Landlord appealed and lost....

Installation of Electrical Meters Without Additional Rewiring Work Didn't Qualify as MCI

May 25, 2017    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of electrical meters. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. Rewiring qualifies as an MCI if the electrical upgrading includes...

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