Oil tank violation results in reduction in required services #25748.

Position::RENT REDUCTION ORDERED - Brief article

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of a reduction in services. She said there was a serious fire egress violation because landlord had installed an oil tank. Tenant also claimed that the oil tank prevented her from using her leased storage space in the building basement. DOB had issued a violation to landlord stating that the oil tank blocked egress from the basement. Landlord admitted installing a temporary oil tank but denied that it prevented tenant from using her storage space. Landlord was converting from oil to gas, and the existing oil tank had to be decommissioned during the process. Landlord installed a small temporary tank when the underground tank was removed from service. Landlord also argued that the condition was minor.

The DRA ruled for tenant and reduced her rent...

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