Landlord Collected Rent Increases Despite Rent Reduction Order

LVT Number: #24796

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of a rent overcharge based on the existence of a prior rent reduction order issued on May 3, 2006. The DRA ruled for tenant. Because the rent had not been restored by a later DHCR order, the rent reduction remained in effect and the rent remained frozen. Landlord appealed and lost. Landlord claimed that tenant paid a preferential rent when she moved into the apartment that was less than the prior tenant's rent. Landlord also had lowered tenant's rent in 2009 to the amount charged in 2004.

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