Moermond: What we're doing is establishing a record right now. It’s findings and a
recommendation, but we're just trying to put it together instead of going straight to the
City Council. This allows for problem solving here. If it's not resolved, they have a
hearing and this record helps get their conversation started.
Buetow: You are going to hear from me and from the staff, who is the staff?
Moermond: We have Lynn Ferkinhoff and Demetrius Sass and they're going to talk
about the self-certification process and any additional analysis that they did. We will
hear all of that and then talk with you a little bit more about your appeal and move
forwardWhat are we looking at here 250 East 6th Street unit 260.
Ferkinhoff: On March 27, 2023, the department received a self-certification application
for an exception to the 3% rent increase cap per ordinance 193A. The application is
for 250 6th Street East (the Cosmopolitan Apartments). The intake form is part of the
record and Olga Trimmer from AEW Capital Management is listed as the applicant.
Ms. Trimmer submitted the application on behalf of OLY IDA Cosmopolitan LLC, which
is listed as the owner of the property. The application notes that it comprises a
consistent increase of 8% for the entire building. The increase was proposed to take
effect on April 1, 2023. The reasons for the increase listed in the application include an
unavoidable increase in operating expenses and a decrease in rental income. For
self-certification, applicants are required to provide 3 pieces of information from the
worksheet used to calculate Maintenance of Net Operating Income or “MNOI.” These
are 1) Current Year Gross Scheduled Rental Income (GSRI): $4,416,900; 2) Fair Net
Operating Income: $3,618,029; and 3) Missed Fair Revenue: $1,231,635 The applicant
calculated an Allowable Rent Increase of 27.88%, which is Missed Fair Revenue
divided by Current Year Gross Scheduled Rental Income (GSRI). Per the
self-certification process, the application was automatically approved. On April 12,
2023, an approval letter was sent to Ms. Trimmer and letters were mailed to the units
identified in the rent roll provided by the applicant during the application process.
Please note that the actual Allowable Rent Increase in the self-certification process
may not exceed 8.00% and may be less than 8.00%, depending on the financial
information that was submitted. There are no known code violations for this property.
Moermond: Ms. Buetow, can you tell me a little bit about why you're appealing? I have
the statement that you wrote on your appeal, but if you want to maybe explain a little
bit more about where you're coming from. That would be good.
Buetow: Last year in August or September I had a rent renewal and found out that the
company had put in an increase in our rent for utilities for air conditioning and heating
that they had not done before. That was an additional at least $40 a unit to be put into
rent. It went over the 3% allowable income for the rent and according to the rent
stabilization ordinance it said, and Demetrious maybe you could help me with this
because I think I got it form you, that with the housing services if it's put into the rent
it's an additional fee that shouldn't have been in there before. After, the rent
stabilization went through with the 3%, and in addition they added the heating and air
conditioning to that rent and still increased by 3%. I think it was against the rent
amendment to add those additional cost for the rent increase. That was one area.
Demetrious could you help me?
Sass: This was something that was prior to the self-certification application. This was
a complaint dating back to last year, the addition of utility fees on Geruth unit. She felt
it was in addition to the rent increase. We created a complaint letter that she could
deliver to the landlords.
Buetow: I think that I was speaking for not just myself, but for the residents of the