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 (90-8)
FAILURE TO MAINTAIN SERVICES-
PROCESSING MCI APPLICATIONS
This policy statement describes the procedures for processing MCI
applications in accordance with Section 2522.4 paragraph 13 of
New York City Rent Stabilization Code.
As specified in the Code, "The DHCR shall not grant an owner's
application for a rental adjustment...in whole or in part, if it
is determined by the DHCR prior to the granting of approval to
collect such adjustment that the owner is not maintaining all
required services, or that there are current immediately
hazardous violations of any municipal, county, state or federal
law which relate to the maintenance of such services. However, as
determined by the DHCR, such application may be granted upon
condition that such services will be restored within a reasonable
time, and certain tenant-caused violations may be excepted."
Where there is a DHCR order in effect determining a failure to
maintain a building-wide service which resulted in a rent
reduction, when an MCI rent increase is applied for, an order of
denial of the MCI application will be issued. However, if the
owner has filed for a rent restoration with DHCR, the pending
restoration application will be expedited. The MCI application
will be held until the restoration application has been
determined. If it is granted, the prospective MCI increase will
be collectible from the effective date of the MCI order and the
retroactive increase will only be collectible for those periods
in which these was no rent reduction order in effect.
Where there is a DHCR order in effect determining a failure to
maintain services in an individual apartment(s), and an MCI rent
increase is approved, the MCI order will be issued for the entire
building granting the rent increase. However, until a
restoration order is issued for the individual apartment(s), the
owner is barred from collecting the prospective increase and any
retroactive increase is forfeited for the period during which a
rent reduction order was in effect.
Where a Petition for Administrative Review ( PAR) has been filed
by the owner against a building-wide service reduction, the PAR
proceeding will be expedited. If the service reduction is
overturned by the PAR Unit, then the MCI application will be
processed disregarding the service reduction. Where the PAR is
decided against the owner, and the service reduction is still in
effect, an order of denial of the MCI application will be issued.
Processing of MCI applications will include consideration of
relevant tenant comments received within the thirty (30) day time
limit. Those comments which are pertinent to the MCI
installation will be examined by the MCI Section. Until the
order is issued, there are no time restrictions for reporting
immediately hazardous conditions to the MCI Section.
Where the tenant submits a comment alleging that there are
immediately hazardous conditions in the building, the MCI Section
will inform the owner of all comments submitted. Upon receipt of
the owner's response, an inspection, if necessary, will be
ordered. If immediately hazardous conditions are found to exist
the MCI application will be denied. The owner may reapply when
the condition is remedied.
Where an order of denial is issued due to a DHCR order finding a
building-wide failure to maintain services, the two year statute
of limitations for filing an MCI application will be waived only
if the owner restores services and files for a rent restoration
within sixty (60) days of the service reduction order and refiles
the MCI application within ninety (90) days of the MCI denial
Elliot G. Sander
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Renewal (DHCR) and represent **official** policy of the agency.
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Stabilization Law and various Rent Control Statutes.
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at (718) 739-6400, or visit your Borough Rent Office.
Queens Central Office
92-31 Union Hall St. 4th Fl.
Jamaica, NY 11433
One Fordham Plaza
Bronx, NY 10458
250 Schermerhorn St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
156 William Street
NY, NY 10038
(212) 240-6011, 6012
South side of 110th St. and below
163 W. 125th St.
NY, NY 10027
North side of 110th St. and above
350 St. Mark's Place
Staten island, NY 10301
Nassau County District Rent Office
50 Clinton Street, 6th Floor
Hempstead, NY 11550
Westchester County District Rent Office
55 Church Street, 3rd Floor
White Plains, NY 10601
Rockland County District Rent Office
94-96 North Main St.
Spring Valley, NY 10977
Albany Regional Office
119 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210
Buffalo Regional Office
Ellicot Square Building
295 Main St., Room 438
Buffalo, NY 14203