Friday, January 25, 2013

"MCI RETRO" on your rent bill

When Stellar filed the first MCI, it asked for money for the elevators, submetering, and building facade repair.  We got submetering and building facade repairs knocked out - and began paying the remaining amount of the MCI - just for the elevators.

Stellar then asked the State housing agency to reconsider the submetering denial.  Our lawyer filed a brief against an MCI for submetering.   DHCR issued an order in September 2012 authorizing Stellar to increase the $7.67 per room that we're paying for the elevators to $9.06 per room.  That is an increase of $1.39 per room. 

Stellar is legally entitled to collect the $1.39 per room - even while we're appealing it.   That comes to
  • $4.17 for a one-bedroom apartment
  • $5.56 for a two-bedroom apartment
  • $6.95 for a three-bedroom apartment.
APPEAL PENDING.  The tenant association filed an appeal (called a "PAR" for Petition for Administrative Review) at DHCR,  While a PAR is pending,  Stellar is not entitled to collect an "retroactive" amount to cover the MCI for the 21 months before September 2012.    So Stellar incorrectly put the retroactive amount into our rent bills.  If you have already paid it,  you should have gotten it back on the March 2013 bill.  

Stellar has now said that it didn't know that our PAR had been filed (even though it's on the DHCR website and Stellar's "expediter" got that information) - and that it will bill tenants on their March 2013 rent bills for the amount from October 1, 2012 through January 2013 until the PAR is decided.