RENT HIKE GRANTED

MCI Increase Granted for Elevator Modernization

February 21, 2019    

The DRA approved landlord's MCI rent increase application based on elevator modernization. Tenants appealed and lost. They claimed that a prior MCI rent increase was granted for an elevator upgrade within the...

MCI Kitchen Upgrades Didn't Reduce Apartment Sizes

February 21, 2019    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on repiping, including gas risers, as well as kitchen and bathroom upgrades. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenants appealed and lost. They claimed that the work was defective...

Useful Life of Prior Facade Work Didn't Matter

January 28, 2019    

The DRA granted landlord's application for MCI rent hikes based on pointing and waterproofing with related architectural services. Tenants appealed and lost. They claimed that the useful life of the prior work...

CCTV Security System Qualifies as MCI

January 27, 2019    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of a CCTV security system. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenants appealed and lost. It is long-standing DHCR policy that the installation of a CCTV security...

Landlord Submitted Architect Statement That Violation Was Corrected

January 27, 2019    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on pointing and exterior restoration of its building. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant claimed that building-wide gas service hadn't been...

Useful Life of Prior Boiler Didn't Matter

December 26, 2018    

The DRA granted landlord's application for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a new boiler/burner. Tenants appealed and lost. Tenants argued that the new boilers were installed before the expiration of the...

'C' Violations Were Entered by HPD After MCI Application Was Filed

December 26, 2018    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on gas repiping and intercom installation. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant claimed that there were hazardous C violations on record for the...

Landlord Gets MCI Rent Hike for New Boiler

December 26, 2018    

The DRA granted landlord's application for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a new boiler/burner. Tenants appealed and lost. Tenants claimed that the useful life of the prior boiler hadn't expired since...

Complaints About Elevator Upgrades Don't Bar MCI Rent Hikes

December 23, 2018    

Landlord applied to the DHCR for MCI rent hikes based on elevator upgrading. The DRA ruled for landlord, and tenants appealed. Tenants claimed that the new elevators were defective and that DOB had issued at least 20...

MCI Rent Hike for Roof to Include Mobilization Costs But Not Engineering Fees

November 27, 2018    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on installation of a new roof. The DRA ruled for landlord in part but disallowed any increase for the mobilization costs and professional engineering fees for the project....

Violation Placed on Building After MCI Application Docketed

November 18, 2018    

The DRA granted landlord's application for MCI rent hikes based on the installation of a roof water tank. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant claimed that there were hazardous violations in the building. But once an...

Elevator Upgrade Qualifies as MCI Even If Done to Replace Broken Elevator

July 18, 2018    

Landlord applied for MCI rent hikes based on elevator upgrading. The DRA ruled for landlord. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant pointed out that the elevator broke in 2015 and wasn't working for six months before...