No high-rent vacancy deregulation where work didn't qualify as IAIs.

Position:RENT STABILIZATION COVERAGE
 
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Tenant asked the DHCR to determine his rent-regulated status. DHCR rent registration records listed the apartment as exempt from rent stabilization based on high-rent vacancy. The DRA ruled against tenant, finding that the apartment became vacant on or after June 19, 1997, with a legal regulated monthly rent of $2,000 or more and therefore was deregulated. Tenant appealed and won. Tenant raised a number of issues concerning the leasing of the apartment and rent paid. But the apartment's status hinged on whether landlord was entitled to an individual apartment improvement (IAI) rent increase for work done in 2009.

The DHCR conducted two inspections of the apartment to investigate the IAIs. Landlord had submitted a 2009 invoice for work costing $17,250 and...

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