New York State
Division of Housing and Community Renewal
Office of Rent Administration
Gertz Plaza, 92-31 Union Hall St.
Jamaica, New York 11433
Public Information: (718)739-6400
POLICY STATEMENT (90-6)
MCI ELIGIBILITY - ROOFING
This Policy Statement is being issued to clarify the eligibility
of roofing installations for consideration as a Major Capital
Improvement (MCI) in New York City and to conform the policy
outside of New York City to the current policy within New York
The complete replacement or the addition of a three (3) or more
ply roof cap on the existing roof will be eligible for inclusion
in the determination of MCI rent increases while one or two ply
roof caps will not be eligible. In the counties covered by the
Emergency Tenant Protection Act (ETPA) and by State Rent Control,
this constitutes a change in policy because the number of plies
was not a factor in eligibility for MCI rent increases. For MCI
applications filed for buildings outside of New York City, this
policy statement will go into effect where the work began thirty
days after the issue date of this Policy Statement. Therefore, if
an owner installs a one or two ply roof, outside of New York
City, where the work began thirty (30) days after the issue date
of this Policy Statement, the costs associated with such repairs
will be ineligible for an MCI rent increase.
When an owner installs built-up roofing, the longevity of the
installation is directly proportional to the number of plies.
Built-up roofing consists of several layers of heavy roofing felt
cemented to a solid roof sheathing and to each other with tar,
asphalt, or similar material, which also forms the top coating.
Generally, while still soft, the surface is covered with pebbles
or crushed minerals to take wear and to protect the roofing from
the direct rays of the sun. The addition of pebbles or crushed
minerals does not constitute an additional ply. When a repair is
made to existing built-up roofing by the addition of less than
three plies of roofing material, even when such repairs include a
covering of crushed mineral, the improvement will be short lived
and does not constitute a major capital improvement. Therefore
the costs associated with such repairs are and will remain
ineligible for an MCI rent increase within New York City and will
no longer be eligible for an MCI rent increase outside of New
York City thirty days after the issue date given below.
The only exception to this prohibition on MCI eligibility for a
one-ply roof will be for a one-ply rubber (membrane) roof which
comes with a manufacturer's guarantee of 15 years. This type of
one-ply roof, developed with new technologies, has a life
expectancy beyond conventional asphalt-based materials and will
qualify for an MCI rent increase.
March 9, l990
Elliot G. Sander
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Jamaica, NY 11433
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Bronx, NY 10458
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Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Hempstead, NY 11550
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White Plains, NY 10601
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94-96 North Main St.
Spring Valley, NY 10977
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