RENT HIKE DENIED

No MCI Increase for "Groupwork" Kitchen/Bathroom Renovations

September 23, 2021    

Landlord applied in August 2018 for MCI rent hikes based on water repiping and kitchen/bathroom modernization work. The DRA ruled for landlord in part, granting the rent increase for the water repiping. But the DRA...

Four Apartments with Leaks Permanently Exempted from MCI Rent Hikes

March 25, 2021    

In 2013, the DHCR's Rent Administrator granted landlord's MCI rent increase application, based on exterior restoration, terrace and roof replacements, and consultant fees. Tenants appealed, and in November...

MCI Application Filed Within Two Years of Final Payment Date Was Untimely

March 23, 2021    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a chimney relining and boiler. The DRA ruled against landlord, finding that the application was untimely. Landlord appealed and lost. Landlord argued that...

MCI Application for Backflow Prevention Device Was Untimely

November 22, 2020    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a backflow preventer and water boosting system. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. Installation of a backflow prevention device...

No Proof Landlord Cleared Lead Paint "C" Violation

October 26, 2020    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on burner replacement. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. On the date that the MCI application was filed in August 2015, one immediately hazardous "C...

No MCI Increase for Elevator Upgrade

October 26, 2020    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on elevator upgrading. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. The DRA found that two of the building's eight apartments weren't served by the elevator...

No MCI Increase for New Boiler Without DOB Inspection Certificate

August 25, 2020    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a new boiler. The DRA ruled against landlord based on its failure to submit proof of a Certificate of Electrical Inspection from DOB. Landlord appealed and...

No MCI Increase for Lobby Renovations

August 17, 2020    

Landlord of the LeFrak City housing complex applied for MCI rent increases for four buildings with a separate connecting lobby structure based on lobby renovations. The DRA ruled for landlord in part but disallowed...

Fire Alarm System Installation Doesn't Qualify as MCI

March 11, 2020    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a new fire alarm system, fire alarm engineer costs, and burner replacement. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. The DHCR has...

Landlord Submitted Insufficient Proof of Lobby Door Replacements

January 28, 2020    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on several installations. The DRA granted an MCI increase for one lobby door but disallowed any increase for the refurbishment of a revolving door and two side doors as well...

Four Tenants Exempted from MCI Increase for Facade Restoration

January 28, 2020    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on building exterior restoration, with related consulting work, and terrace/roof replacement. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenants appealed and won, in part. Tenants claimed...

MCI Application Involving DOB Sign-Off Dismissed as Untimely

January 28, 2020    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a backflow preventer, including engineering costs. The DRA ruled against landlord, finding that landlord's MCI application wasn't filed within two...