Bulging bulkhead, graffiti, and nonleveling elevator not minor conditions.

Position::RENT REDUCTION ORDERED - Brief article


Rent-controlled tenant complained of a reduction in required services. Among other things, she claimed that the elevator wasn't leveling properly, that a bulkhead wall was bulging and cracking in an area measuring 5 feet by 1/2 foot, and there was graffiti on the building walls. The DRA ruled against tenant, finding that these were minor conditions not warranting a rent reduction.

Tenant appealed and won. Although hairline cracks in walls and ceilings are listed as minor conditions in the rent control regulations,...

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