RENT HIKE DENIED

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...

Work Related to Boiler/Burner and Security System Installations Disallowed

December 18, 2017    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of a boiler/burner, TV/security system, and main lobby doors. The DRA ruled for landlord in part but disallowed any increase for the main lobby doors...

Incomplete Balcony Repair Work Didn't Qualify as MCI

December 18, 2017    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes. The DRA ruled for landlord in part, granting rent increases for facade work that included whyte replacement, lintel, window caulking, masonry caulking, parapet, roof, copper...

Hallway Restoration Work Didn't Qualify as MCI

November 22, 2017    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on carpet installation, hallway restoration, and a design consultant. The DRA ruled for landlord in part but disallowed any increase for the hallway restoration and design...

Unamended MCI Application Deemed Untimely by DHCR

November 22, 2017    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on a number of improvements, including roof installations. The DRA ruled for landlord in part but disallowed the roof installation costs because the work was completed more...

Landlord Didn't Replace Entire Roof

October 30, 2017    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of a new roof. The DRA ruled against landlord because only 3,600 square feet of the 7,200 square foot roof was replaced. Landlord appealed and lost....

Incomplete Water Main Installation Didn't Qualify as MCI

October 30, 2017    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of a new water main. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. Landlord's contract stated that the work consisted of replacement of the...

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...