Case Reopened to Permit Proof for Setting Base Rent Under Default Formula

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Landlord sued to evict tenant for nonpayment of rent. Tenant claimed improper deregulation of a rent-stabilized apartment and rent overcharge. The trial court ruled for tenant, finding that the base date rent was affected by a fraudulent scheme to deregulate the apartment and that the overcharge was willful. The trial court's decision was issued before New York's highest court ruled in its April 2020 Regina Metro. v. DHCR decision that the rent must be established by application of the default formula.

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