Landlord Improperly Sought Higher Rent While Rent Reduction Order in Effect

LVT Number: #29966

Landlord sued to evict tenant for nonpayment of rent. The court ruled against landlord and dismissed the case. There was a DHCR rent reduction order in effect that froze tenant's legal rent at $278 per month. The DHCR had denied a rent restoration application in 2015. Yet landlord signed a settlement agreement in court with tenant in 2016, agreeing that the legal rent was $1,000 per month. Tenant properly sought to vacate the settlement agreement. 

 

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Avenue D Properties LLC v. Springer: 62 Misc.3d 1207(A), 2019 NY Slip Op 50025(U) (Civ. Ct. NY; 1/14/19; Sikowitz, J)