Landlord Collected Two Vacancy Increases During One Calendar Year
LVT Number: #30076
Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and found that the total overcharge, including triple damages, was $10,397. Since landlord had refunded more than that amount to tenant, no further refund was required. Landlord appealed and lost. Landlord objected to the imposition of triple damages. But the DHCR noted that the overcharge was caused by landlord's collection of two vacancy increases in calendar year 2015, one from tenant in August and one from prior tenant in February.
Francis Apartments LLC: DHCR Adm. Rev. Docket No. GO110024RO (2/1/19) [5-pg. doc.]