Rent Overcharge of Over $179,000 Due to Outstanding Rent Reduction Order

LVT Number: #30404

Tenants complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenants and found a total overcharge of $179,550 with triple damages and interest. Tenant appealed and lost. Rent Stabilization Code (RSC) Section 2526.1, in effect when the DRA issued his order, limited examination of rent history records to post-base date rental events unless one of the RSC's listed exceptions applied. Tenants argued that the DHCR should examine whether there was a fraudulent scheme to deregulate the apartment.

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Guialdo: DHCR Adm. Rev. Docket No. HQ410006RT (8/8/19) [7-pg. doc.]