Landlord Couldn't Prove Individual Apartment Improvements

LVT Number: #30834

Rent-stabilized tenant sued landlord, claiming rent overcharge.  The court ruled for tenant, without trial, based on documents presented by both sides. The prior tenant's last rent was $869 per month. Tenant's initial rent was $1,600. Landlord was entitled to collect a vacancy increase and longevity increase when tenant moved in. But landlord failed to substantiate the costs for claimed individual apartment improvements (IAIs).

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Littger v. Martin: Index No. 520143/17, 2020 NY Slip Op 31268(U)(Sup. Ct. Kings; 5/6/20; Wade, J)