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MCI Consulting Fees and Vague Items

Postby hellskitchener » Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:50 pm

Our Landlord just put in for the Following MCI Items:

EXTERIOR RESTORATION
PROFESSIONAL FEES
CONSULT/SAFETY SVCES
CONSULT/SITE SAFETY

Question 1. Is a Landlord ever entitled to Professional fees (possibly legal fees?), and consulting fees. If not, is that written anywhere?

Question 2. Should we challenge "Exterior Restoration" on it's face as too vague,
or should we simply demand they re-submit with a detailed breakdown of what that includes?

Has anybody ever compiled a list of things a Landlord tries to sneak in via MCI?

Thanks in advance.
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Re: MCI Consulting Fees and Vague Items

Postby TenantNet » Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:02 am

We took this to private conversation. But yes, in general DHCR often disallows professional fees.

And yes, applications need to be specific. Something called "exterior renovation" is extremely vague.
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Re: MCI Consulting Fees and Vague Items

Postby Elevenant » Mon Apr 02, 2018 4:33 pm

As of last year DHCR started allowing professional fees as part of the MCI.
They will be "evaluated for reasonableness relative to the underlying MCI" but are allowed.
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Re: MCI Consulting Fees and Vague Items

Postby TenantNet » Mon Apr 02, 2018 5:00 pm

Elevenant, you seem to have some knowledge on rent issues. Are you a professional?

DHCR did change its policy, but it's limited.
See http://www.nyshcr.org/Rent/PolicyStatem ... p20171.pdf
ANd even with that I've seen some MCI's where the fees are still disallowed.

It would be interesting to see if this withstands a court challenge.

Another reason why tenants should oppose Cuomo's reelection. He's done little for tenants in his 8 years as governor.
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