Landlord Proved IAIs Resulted in Apartment's Vacancy Deregulation

LVT Number: #30215

Tenant sued landlord and prior landlord, claiming rent overcharge and improper deregulation of a rent-stabilized apartment. The court ruled for tenant, finding that the cost of individual apartment improvements (IAIs) made to the apartment were insufficient to remove the unit from stabilization, and that landlords failed to rebut the presumption of willful rent overcharge. The court awarded tenant triple damages and attorneys' fees.

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DiLorenzo v. Windermere Owners LLC: Index No. 7930-7931 (110053/11), 2019 NY Slip Op 04779, 6/13/19; Friedman, JP, Kahn, Sweeny, Kapnick [dissenting], Singh [dissenting], JJJ