Legal Rent Limited to Lower Rent Offered by Receiver

LVT Number: #29787

After an action was commenced to foreclose on landlord's building mortgage, a temporary receiver was appointed in 2010 to manage the building and collect rent from tenants. In 2012, the receiver signed a one-year vacancy lease with new tenant to rent a rent-stabilized apartment in the building at $1,000 per month. In 2013 and 2014, landlord offered tenant renewal leases at $1,600 per month, based on prior legal rent of $1,834. Tenant refused to sign these renewal leases and complained to the DHCR that landlord offered improper renewal leases.

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Rania Mesiskili, LLC v. DHCR: 166 A.D.3d 625, 2018 NY Slip Op 07435 (App. Div. 2 Dept.; 11/7/18; Balkin, JP, Sgroi, Miller, Connolly, JJ)