Overcharge Resulted from Collection of Owner-Affiliated Broker's Fee

LVT Number: #29891

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge, claiming that she was charged an illegal broker's fee, application fee, key charge, and excessive late fees. The DRA ruled for tenant based on a prior DHCR decision finding that, since there was an affiliation between the broker and landlord, all fees that were charged and collected by the broker were illegal. Landlord was directed to refund the broker fee, key charge, and credit check fee. Landlord could collect late fees not more than 5 percent of tenant's collectable rent.

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Jamaica Seven LLC: DHCR Adm. Rev. Docket No. GM110023RO (11/19/18) [3-pg. doc.]