Q & A

Setting Rent for Unit Previously Rented to Commercial Tenant

September 27, 2009    

Q One of my apartments had been commercially rented for three years and is registered as exempt from rent regulation. Now, I'd like to...

Do MCI Rent Hikes for Elevator Upgrades Apply to First-Floor Commercial Tenants?

June 23, 2009    

Q I have a mixed-use building with both commercial and residential tenants. When I apply for a major capital improvement (MCI) rent increase based on elevator upgrades and related engineering costs, will some of the MCI costs be passed on to the...

Does Elderly Life Partner Have Succession Rights?

June 23, 2009    

Q A tenant has just notified us that his girlfriend has been an occupant “domestic partner” for the past year by recently filing the “Notice to Owner/Succession Rights” DHCR form. The tenant is an 89-year-old rent-controlled...

Recovering Rent-Stabilized Apartment for Superintendent's Use

March 31, 2009    

Q I recently got a violation from the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) for not having a superintendent living in my building or within 200 feet or one block of my building. To correct the violation, I would like to recover a...

Failing to List Improvements on Annual Apartment Registration

March 31, 2009    

Q If I made improvements to a rent-stabilized apartment that qualify for a 1/40th rent increase, but I don't list those improvements on the annual rent registrations that I file with the DHCR, will I be disqualified from collecting the rent...

Digital TV Transition, Master Antenna Upgrades

March 17, 2009    

Q My buildings have master antennas that have been registered with the DHCR as a provided service. Only a handful of tenants do not have cable and are using the master antenna for their television broadcasting. What impact will the analog-to-digital...

Applying Rent Payment to Arrears or Specified Month

February 22, 2009    

Q If a tenant denotes a specific month to which to apply his rent payment, is the owner still allowed to apply the rent payment to the arrears and not to the specific month noted on the tenant's check?

Preferential Rent or Mere Calculation Error?

November 29, 2008    

Q A tenant signed and returned a lease that is now in effect. After I mailed his copy of the lease back to him, I realized that a calculation error was made in the tenant's favor. Therefore, I sent him an adjusted lease with the correct figures...

Proving Nonprimary Residence with Foreign Tourist Visa

November 29, 2008    

Q I have a rent-stabilized tenant who I suspect may be here on a foreign tourist visa. Would you review the requirements for evicting a rent-stabilized tenant on the basis of nonprimary residence, and give me more information on whether I can show the...

Tenant Denies Access for Non-Emergency Repairs

October 28, 2008    

Q I need access to an apartment whose tenant has filed a reduced-service complaint with the Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR). The tenant has denied me access to make repairs on more than one occasion. If the tenant keeps denying me...

Enforcing Agreement to Rent to Nonprimary Resident

September 15, 2008    

Q An applicant wants to rent one of my rent-stabilized apartments, but says that he won't be using the apartment as his primary residence. He is willing to agree in writing to rent the apartment as a nonprimary resident and therefore be exempt from...

Calculating Long-Term Prior Tenant Vacancy Increase

September 15, 2008    

Q A long-term tenant, who lived in the same apartment for 40 years, died recently. I wish to verify the calculation of the new rent. If I calculate the prior legal rent, plus the long-term prior tenant increase, plus the Rent Guidelines Board Order (...