Rent Increases for Unproven IAIs Were Properly Disallowed
LVT Number: #30531
Tenant complained of rent overcharge and landlord's refusal to give her a rent-stabilized renewal lease. Tenant moved into the apartment in 2005 under a one-year lease at $1,300 per month. Landlord claimed that the apartment was deregulated. The DRA ruled that the apartment was rent stabilized; that the legal regulated rent in 2017 was $1,575; and that landlord wasn't permitted to collect IAI rent increases in 2005 because of insufficient proof. No refund was due because tenant's $35,000 rent arrears were greater than the $150 rent overcharge.
Hefti/93rd Building Corp.: DHCR Adm. Rev. Docket Nos. HO410006RO, HO410024RT (10/31/19) [5-pg. doc.]