New Landlord Must Pay Triple Damages Even if Prior Landlord Collected Overcharge

LVT Number: #30685

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant, applied a six-year lookback period, and ordered landlord to refund $16,000, including triple damages. Landlord appealed and lost. Landlord disputed the triple damages, and argued that it recently bought the building, that any overcharge resulted from miscalculation by prior landlord, and that the prior landlord collected any overcharge.

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288-295 Maple Holding LLC: DHCR Adm. Rev. Docket No. HV210229RO (1/1/20) [3-pg. doc.]