No MCR Increase Where Adjusted MBR Reached

LVT Number: #24755

Rent-controlled tenant complained of a rent overcharge based on electricity charges for the use of his apartment air conditioners. Landlord pointed out that it obtained an MCI increase in 1997 for rewiring and therefore was permitted to charge tenant an air-conditioning surcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant, found that his 2012 MCR was $2,650, and that there was no fuel cost adjustment. Tenant had the right to sue for damages in court if landlord collected more than the legal rent.

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