Landlord Claims Tenants Misrepresented Income

LVT Number: #24681

Landlord applied for high-rent/high-income deregulation of tenants' rent-stabilized apartment in 2009. The DRA ruled against landlord after DTF matched tax records showing that tenants' household income was below $175,000 in both 2007 and 2008. Landlord appealed and lost. Landlord claimed that tenants, a married couple, had committed fraud by misrepresenting their income in order to avoid deregulation. Landlord argued that the DHCR should delay deciding the case until a court action landlord had started against tenants on these grounds was resolved.

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