Landlord Continued to Overcharge Tenant

LVT Number: #24578

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of a rent overcharge. He claimed that landlord continued to charge and collect renewal lease increases even though tenant's rent was frozen due to a rent reduction order based on a decrease in apartment services. The DRA ruled for tenant and ordered landlord to refund $6,800, including triple damages. Landlord appealed, claiming that there was no willful overcharge because it had sent tenant a refund while the case was pending. The DHCR ruled against landlord.

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