RENT HIKE DENIED

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...

Gas Line Replacement Didn't Qualify as MCI

May 25, 2017    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of a gas line. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. A building-wide gas line/piping generally qualifies as an MCI. But the installation...

Resurfaced Courtyard Without Tenant Access Doesn't Qualify as MCI

May 23, 2017    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on courtyard resurfacing. The DRA ruled against landlord because tenants didn’t have access to the resurfaced courtyard. Landlord appealed and lost. Although landlord...

No MCI Rent Hike for Boiler/Burner and A/C Equipment

May 23, 2017    

The DRA denied landlord’s MCI rent increase application for air conditioning equipment and a boiler/burner. Landlord appealed and lost. The building had a Con Edison steam heating system with an indefinite...

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