No Triple Damages for Minimal Overcharge
LVT Number: 14011
Tenant complained of a rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant, finding that the overcharge was willful and imposing triple damages. Landlord appealed and won. The overcharge was only in the amount of a few dollars per month. Clearly, this was a minimal discrepancy and didn't indicate any intent by landlord to evade the rent laws. The triple damages were revoked.
Dominguez: DHCR Adm. Rev. Dckt. No. FG610024RO (2/25/00) [6-pg. doc.]