Case Sent Back Twice for DRA Calculation of SRO Unit Rent

LVT Number: #31052

Rent-stabilized SRO tenant complained of rent overcharge. Landlord claimed that the unit was vacant between 2007 and 2012 when tenant moved in. So landlord argued it was entitled to charge a "first rent" of $750 per month even though the last registered legal rent in 2010 was $60 per week. Using the "SRO default formula" that averaged comparable rents for the building, the DRA found that the base date rent was $768. Since this was more than landlord charged tenant, there was no overcharge.

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