Landlord Can't Increase Preferential Rent During Rent-Stabilized Lease Term

LVT Number: #30300

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and directed a refund, including interest. Landlord appealed and lost. The DRA properly found that the initial $1,659 rent charged per month to tenant was a preferential rent for the entire lease term. Landlord claimed that it gave tenant a rent concession, not a preferential rent. But, under DHCR practice and policy, although a landlord may offer a concession rent for a specified time, such time may not exceed three months.

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Parsons Manor LLC: DHCR Adm. Rev. Docket No. GS110023RO (6/28/19) [3-pg. doc.]