Landlord Who Reduced Initial Rent Set by HPD Reduced Legal Regulated Rent

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Landlord sued to evict rent-stabilized tenant for nonpayment of rent. At some point, tenant claimed rent overcharge and argued that her monthly $1,500 rent was the legal rent, not a preferential rent. Tenant asked the court for permission to amend her answer to the nonpayment petition. The court ruled for tenant, finding there was no harm to landlord in permitting amendment to tenant's answer. And tenant showed a meritorious defense. Landlord argued that tenant's initial legal rent of $1,810 was set by HPD and HDC.

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