From the Tenants Association:
ST Video Intercom MCI Update: DHCR's Order Contains Reversible Error
The Tenants Association is challenging the enforceability of the DHCR Notice that increases monthly rents by $12 to $15 a month for the video intercom installation. The orders were received by residents of a number of Stuy Town buildings the week of October 7th. According to the TA's attorney, Tim Collins, DHCR has made what is called a "reversible error," a legal term indicating that the ruling is incorrect and requires further action by the agency.
None of the orders acknowledges or gives consideration to Mr. Collins' general and specific objections to the application, which were served on the DHCR on May 14, 2012.
Our attorney has advised that this type of error is not unheard of and DHCR should promptly rescind the orders and correct its error by considering our objections and giving notice to the owner's attorney. We will file "Requests for Reconsideration" due to "irregularity in a vital matter" as well as Petitions for Administrative Review in the next few weeks.
As a consequence, there is no need for tenants to file separate individual PARs at this time. However they should retain any document received regarding this (or any other) MCI. We will provide further updates as our efforts to stop the Video Intercom rent hike continues.
Inasmuch as CW's own counsel was copied with the timely 2012 submission of our objections, the Tenants Association asks that they recognize DHCR's error and refrain from implementing the Rent Increase Order in the December 2013 rent bills."
The Tenants Association will continue to scrutinize every MCI Application for accuracy and fairness. If you have not done so already, please send us your docket number for this Rent Increase Order by completing the form here.