RENT HIKE GRANTED

MCI Increase Granted for Air Conditioning Chiller System

July 23, 2019    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of an air conditioning chiller system with related engineering. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant complained that the portion of...

Useful Life of Prior Boiler/Burner Didn't Matter

July 23, 2019    

Landlord applied to the DHCR for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a new boiler/burner. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant argued that the replaced boiler/burner was less than 25 years...

Landlord Can Collect MCI Rent Increase While Building Gets J-51 Tax Benefits

July 16, 2019    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a new intercom system. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant argued that the MCI was completed while the building received J-51 tax...

MCI Rent Hike for Roof and Facade Work Included Cost of Asbestos Removal

June 20, 2019    

The DRA granted landlord's MCI rent increase application based on the installation of roofing/leaders, pointing and waterproofing, sidewalk bridging, asbestos removal, and air monitoring. Tenants appealed and...

MCI Rent Hike Granted for Heat and Gas Risers

June 20, 2019    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of heat and gas risers. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant challenged the room count applied to the rent increase. But tenant...

Tenant Didn't Prove New Burner Failed to Provide Heat and Hot Water

May 21, 2019    

The DRA granted landlord's application for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of a new burner. Tenant appealed and lost. She claimed that there was no heat or hot water at the building in January 2018, when...

Repiping of Gas Lines Qualifies as MCI

May 21, 2019    

The DHCR's DRA granted landlord's application for MCI rent hikes based on repiping of gas lines at the building. Tenants appealed and lost. Tenants claimed that: (1) the work shouldn't qualify as an MCI...

MCI Application for Window Replacement Denied

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 tenant).

Parking Area Wasn't Commercial Space for MCI Purposes

April 25, 2019    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a new roof, facade and parapet restoration, bulkhead and entrance doors, intercoms, and related architectural fees. The DRA ruled for landlord but set the...

MCI Rent Hike Delayed Until Hazardous Violations Corrected

April 25, 2019    

The DRA granted landlord's MCI rent increase application, based on installation of a new roof and exterior restoration. The DRA set the effective date of the increase as April 1, 2014, which was the first rent...

MCI Increase Granted for Handicap Lift

April 25, 2019    

The DRA granted landlord's application for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a handicap lift. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant claimed that she should be exempt from the MCI rent increase because she had no...

Apartments Were Correctly Registered with DHCR

March 18, 2019    

The DRA granted landlord's MCI rent increase application based on elevator upgrading and installation of a new roof. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant claimed that the MCI application should have been denied...