Income of Tenant's Roommate Counted in Deregulation Case

LVT Number: #24577

Landlord applied in 2004 for high-rent/high-income deregulation of tenant's two rent-stabilized apartments. Tenant argued that the two apartments shouldn't be combined for the purposes of luxury decontrol. Tenant also listed a roommate as an occupant living in one apartment as his primary residence. Tenant later claimed that the roommate wasn't an occupant and that his total household income was less than the deregulation threshold in 2002. The DRA ruled against landlord because DTF records showed tenant's household income was less than $175,000 in 2002.

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