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Re: Yet another MCI increase - for replacing a leaky roof?

Posted by consigliere on December 09, 2001 at 18:40:51:

In Reply to: Yet another MCI increase- for replacing leaky roof? posted by Susan G. on December 08, 2001 at 14:05:42:

Try to find out if the landlord will be getting a J-51 tax exemption and abatement for the new roof. If he is, make certain that DHCR knows about it and reduces any MCI rent increase to reflect the J-51 tax benefits.
: I've lived in a NY rent stabilised apartment for years..and for years we have been plagued with roof leaks during every rain storm. The landlord replaced the gutter(about 15years ago!) and every now and then the roofers would slap some stuff on the outside walls. None of this worked.After a snowstorm last January, the ice on the roof melted and the leaks were really bad. The landlord finally put in a new roof -but this was the only way to remedy the situation. Now he's applying for an MCI increase to cover his costs. Why does a necessary repair become a "capital improvement"? Is it even worth responding to the DHCR notice?

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