Landlord Must Divide Overcharge Refund Among Co-Tenants

LVT Number: #30138

Deregulated tenant complained to the DHCR of rent overcharge and improper deregulation. Tenant moved in on Jan. 1, 2013, at a monthly rent of $2,550. Prior tenant's last rent was $849. Landlord claimed that it made individual apartment improvements (IAIs) costing $40,000 before tenant moved in. The DRA ruled for tenant and found that the monthly base date rent was $518. The DRA directed landlord to refund $70,598, including triple damages.

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Pelczar/Sun Wei Chung, Inc.: DHCR Adm. Rev. Docket Nos. GM410043RT, GM410032RO (3/7/19) [7-pg. doc.]