Overcharge Collected Despite Knowledge of Rent Reduction Order
LVT Number: #30360
Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and ordered landlord to refund $7,926, including triple damages. Landlord appealed and lost. Landlord claimed that there was no willful overcharge because it immediately credited tenant $2,016 and reduced his rent upon discovery of the overcharge. But, despite the rent credit, the DHCR found there had been a willful overcharge. Landlord knew about a prior rent reduction order in April 2015 when tenant moved in, yet charged tenant $50 more per month than the frozen rent amount.
Parkash2 165, LLC: DHCR Adm. Rev. Docket No. GU610003RO (7/8/19) [2-pg. doc.]