By Sabina Mollot
This week, some residents of Stuyvesant Town received notices that the Division of Housing and Community Renewal had approved the owner’s request for hot water heater major capital improvement rent increase.
One resident shared the MCI notice on the Tenants Association’s Facebook page, which stated the increase to tenants’ rent would be $1.86 per room per month. However, MCI charges can vary slightly from building to building and this one is for the whole complex.
The ST-PCV Tenants Association had opposed this MCI, but the DHCR rejected its arguments that it would cause a financial hardship to tenants and that it was unfair because the property’s six commercial garages would also be benefitting from the upgrade. In its notice to tenants, the DHCR wrote that the garages are getting their own separate hot water systems, so they aren’t benefitting from the hot water heater (exchanger) system.
This isn’t a new project. MCIs were approved in 2016 for the first round of installations (eight out 18 new hot water heat exchanger systems). The new round of approvals were for the other 10.
“The recently approved MCIs for the hot water heat exchanger systems do not include the garage hot water,” Stuyvesant Town General Manager Rick Hayduk said this week. “The sinks in the garages are not connected to the new hot water heaters thus the DHCR concluded the garages do not receive any benefit and based their rent calculations accordingly.”
At this time, the ST-PCV Tenants Association said it is looking into the DHCR’s response, since not all of the buildings have received notices yet.