RENT HIKE DENIED

Plumbing Work Didn't Qualify as MCI

June 26, 2018    

The DRA denied landlord's MCI rent increase application based on plumbing work, finding that the work didn't qualify as an MCI. Landlord appealed and lost. To qualify as an MCI, plumbing work must consist of...

Landlord's Parapet Repair Work Didn't Qualify as MCI

June 26, 2018    

The DRA denied landlord's MCI rent increase application, finding that repairs to balusters, cornices, dentils, and coping stones were repair and maintenance work, not major capital improvements. Landlord appealed...

MCI Increase Revoked Due to Defective Roof and Facade Work

June 24, 2018    

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

Garage Roof Not Connected to Apartment Building Doesn't Qualify as MCI

May 22, 2018    

The DRA denied landlord's application for an MCI rent hike based on the installation of a new garage roof. Landlord appealed and lost. The DHCR's position is that replacement of a garage roof by itself doesn...

No MCI Increase for Partial Driveway and Walkway Repavement

May 21, 2018    

White Plains landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on driveway paving. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. Landlord argued that the installation of new asphalt driveways in front of all...

Landlord's Refiled MCI Application Was Untimely

April 22, 2018    

The DRA denied landlord's MCI rent hike application based on installation of a new chimney and boiler because the DRA found that the application wasn't filed within two years of the installation completion...

Elevator Upgrade Without Installation of New Selector Doesn't Qualify as MCI

April 22, 2018    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on new windows, elevator replacement, electrical work, and exterior restoration. The DRA ruled against landlord based on its failure to submit information required for...

Tenant's Studio Apartment Contains One Room, Not Two

March 19, 2018    

The DHCR's Rent Administrator granted landlord's application for MCI rent hikes. The DRO ruled that tenant's apartment contained two rooms. Tenant appealed and argued that her studio apartment contained...

Rewiring Work Didn't Qualify as MCI

February 23, 2018    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on rewiring. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. Landlord installed seven new meters and distribution boxes, along with six A/C lines and outlets in each...

MCI Application Denied Due to Pending Class "C" HPD Violations

February 23, 2018    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a boiler/burner. The DRA ruled against landlord based on the fact that there were immediately hazardous Class C violations on record with HPD for the...

Computerized Heat Control System Isn't an MCI

February 23, 2018    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a computerized heat control system. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. It's the DHCR's established position that installation...

Computerized Heat Control System Doesn't Qualify as MCI

January 19, 2018    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of a computerized heat control system. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. It is the DHCR's established position that installation...

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