Court Permits Discovery of Rent History Records Going Back 23 Years

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Landlord sued to evict rent-stabilized tenant for nonpayment of rent. Tenant claimed rent overcharge and asked the court for permission to conduct pretrial questioning. The court ruled for tenant. Tenant, after obtaining an attorney, could amend her answer to claim rent overcharge, since an overcharge claim may be filed at any time and the claim didn't surprise or prejudice landlord. Tenant also showed the need for pretrial questioning and document discovery. There was an unexplained 43 percent increase in the apartment rent between the 1996 and 1997 DHCR rent registrations.

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699 Venture Corp. v. Zuniga: Index No. 19533/2019, 2019 NY Slip Op 29200 (Civ. Ct. Bronx; 7/1/19; Bacdayan, J)