Overcharge Case Reopened to Consider Effect of Judicial Sale on New Landlord's Liability

LVT Number: #30303

Tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and ordered landlord to refund $14,700, including triple damages. Landlord appealed, and the case was reopened. Landlord argued that it wasn't responsible for overcharges collected prior to a bankruptcy sale, or for triple damages on such overcharges. Landlord had submitted to the DRA documentation that prior landlord obtained the building at a bankruptcy sale in June 2013. Landlord also pointed out that a 1999 DHCR order found that the building wasn't rent stabilized because it contained five apartments.

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1357 Teller Avenue Realty LLC: DHCR Adm. Rev. Docket No. GU610032RO (6/13/19) [6-pg. doc.]