Landlord Didn't Preserve Legal and Preferential Rents in Leases

LVT Number: #28511

Tenant complained of rent overcharge and claimed that her apartment was illegally deregulated. The DRA ruled for tenant, found that she was rent stabilized, reduced her rent from $2,410 to $1,965, and ordered landlord to refund $3,285, offset against $14,600 in rent arrears. The DRA found that tenant's lease didn't properly preserve a preferential rent. Landlord appealed and lost. While the base date rent was Nov. 27, 2011, the apartment was improperly vacancy deregulated while the building received J-51 tax benefits between 1992 and June 2008.

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First Lenox Terrace Associates LLC: DHCR Adm. Rev. Docket No. FU410051RO (5/22/18) [7-pg. doc.]