Prior Rent Reduction Order Reduces Base Rent

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Rent-stabilized tenant complained of a rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and ordered landlord to refund $5,100, including triple damages and interest. Tenant appealed. The DRA had calculated the overcharge based on increases collected on top of the base date rent set four years before the date tenant filed her complaint. But tenant pointed out that there was a DHCR rent reduction order in effect since April 29, 1987. In the case of Cintron v.

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