Posted by Dinaidan97 on February 17, 2002 at 07:19:02:
In Reply to: Re: Labor Cost Adjustments posted by Fred Lappert on February 16, 2002 at 19:00:32:
: : Why does DHCR allow landlords to reduce or eliminate labor costs once the landlords have been granted a Labor Cost Adjustment increase?
: Labor Cost Adjustments can be sought pursuant to section 33.8 of the Rent and Eviction Regs. (City Rent Control). Doesn't happen too often, but it's there. Tenants can challenge them. Rent Stab does not have the equivalent. If the landlord subsequently reduces the labor for which he obtained an increase, you need to put in a complaint to DHCR.
We filed a complaint four years ago but to date DHCR had refused to address this issue. We believe that this is a precedent setting case because it will allow tenants a tool to fight labor reductions that DHCR finds allowable. As you may know, DHCR allows staff reductions as long as they find that "services" ar maintained.
We filed an Article 78 but the courts remanded the case back to DHCR. That was six months ago. Do you have any other suggestions as to hat the next step should be?
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