RENT HIKE DENIED

MCI Increase for HVAC Replacement Denied

January 28, 2020    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on replacement of an HVAC system, including related general construction and engineering costs. The DRA ruled against landlord, finding that the work was done on a piecemeal...

Partial Parapet Wall Replacement Doesn't Qualify as MCI

January 28, 2020    

The DRA denied landlord's application for MCI rent hikes based on cement, stucco, aluminum capping work on a parapet wall, and aluminum air vents. Landlord appealed and lost. Landlord claimed that the entire...

No MCI Increase for One Rent-Stabilized Apartment in Substantially Rehabbed Building

July 16, 2019    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a boiler, windows, intercom, mailboxes, chimney, cornice, new roof, pointing, re-piping, sewer line, and painting/iron works. The DRA ruled against...

MCI Rent Hike for New Boilers Denied

May 21, 2019    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of new boilers. The DRA ruled against landlord because landlord didn't submit a required Certificate to Operate from the NYC Dept. of Environmental...

New Landlord Didn't Submit Information Requested by DHCR

May 21, 2019    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on new gas piping. The DRA ruled against landlord after landlord failed to respond to DHCR requests for additional information. Landlord appealed and lost. Landlord claimed...

Landlord Didn't Obtain Certificate to Operate Boiler

April 26, 2019    

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

Hallway/Lot-Line Windows Installed Without Protective Wired Glass

March 18, 2019    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of lot-line/hallway windows. The DRA ruled against landlord because "protectives" like wired glass, weren't included in the installation....

Landlord Can't Collect MCI Increase Until Rent Restoration Order Issued

January 28, 2019    

The DRA granted landlord's MCI rent increase application based on the installation of a new boiler/burner and chimney. Tenant appealed and lost. She argued that her rent had been reduced by the DHCR. But the DRA...

Concrete Replacement Work Didn't Qualify as MCI

January 28, 2019    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of new concrete yards at its building. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. To qualify as an MCI, concrete resurfacing must involve the...

Landlord's Brownstone Stoop Work Didn't Qualify as MCI

January 28, 2019    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of a brownstone stoop and steps and wall border resurfacing. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. It's the DHCR's established...

No MCI Rent Hike for Rent-Stabilized Tenant

December 26, 2018    

Landlord applied for an MCI rent hike for the building's sole rent-stabilized tenant based on installation of a boiler, burner, windows, parapet/exterior walls, intercom/mailboxes, entrance lobby vestibule doors...

Chimney Liner Installation Doesn't Qualify as MCI

December 26, 2018    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of new chimney liners and gas conversion. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. To qualify as an MCI, a chimney installation must involve a...