No Triple Damages Where Landlord Bought Building After Judicial Sale

LVT Number: #28118

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and froze the collectible rent for the apartment based on a rent reduction order issued in 2012, made effective Aug. 1, 2011, that was still in effect. The DRA ordered landlord to refund $6,000, including triple damages. Landlord appealed, claiming that there should be no triple damages and that the DRA improperly failed to apply the judicial sale exemption to the case. The DHCR ruled for landlord.

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1521 Sheridan LLC: DHCR Adm. Rev. Docket No. FM610056RO (10/26/17) [3-pg. doc.]