RENT HIKE DENIED

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...

MCI Rent Hike Denied for Boiler/Burner

April 27, 2017    

(Decision submitted by David A. Weinraub of the Manhattan law firm of Grad & Weinraub, LLP, attorneys for the tenants.)

New Flooring Installed Only on Landings Didn't Qualify as MCI

April 26, 2017    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on building-wide floor finishing. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. While flooring installation is a major capital improvement, to qualify as an MCI, the...

Rent Hike Disallowed for Work Performed Without a Contract

March 17, 2017    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of an interior...

Work Found Unrelated to Entrance Door and Hallway Flooring Installations

February 22, 2017    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes. The DRA ruled for landlord in part and approved an increase for the installation of basement, vestibule, and entry doors as well as work relating to the hallway flooring of...

Landlord Applied Too Late for MCI Rent Hike Based on A/C Chillers

December 18, 2016    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of an air conditioning system. The DRA ruled for landlord in part but disallowed any increase for the installation of air conditioner chillers. Landlord...

Landlord's MCI Application Didn't Detail Work on Balconies and Balustrades

October 26, 2016    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on balcony and balustrades restoration, lintel replacement, construction of a sidewalk bridge and engineering services. The DRA ruled against landlord, finding that the work...

Window and Door Replacements Done Piecemeal

October 26, 2016    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of new windows and doors. The DRA ruled against landlord, finding that the work was done in a piecemeal manner and wasn’t part of a consecutively timed...

Rewiring Didn't Include New Risers to Each Apartment

September 29, 2016    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on rewiring. The DRA ruled against landlord based on landlord’s failure to submit complete information on the electrical work performed and insufficient proof of...

Engineering Fees for Pointing, Waterproofing, and Roofing Disallowed

September 28, 2016    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on pointing, waterproofing, and installation of roof replacements. The DRA ruled for landlord in part, but disallowed certain items including engineering fees. Landlord...

No MCI Increase for Stucco and Waterproofing Without Pointing

September 28, 2016    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on pointing and waterproofing. The DRA ruled against landlord because no pointing work was done. Landlord appealed and lost. Landlord claimed that the application of stucco...