Default Method Properly Used to Calculate Rent Overcharge

LVT Number: #24819

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of a rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and ordered landlord to refund overcharges, including triple damages. Landlord appealed and lost. Landlord claimed that the DRA improperly used the DHCR's default method to compute the legal rent. Landlord had submitted a rent ledger as proof of the base date rent and documentation of individual apartment improvements (IAI). The DRA also ignored the fact that tenant had moved out of the apartment owing $13,670 in back rent.

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