Rent Overcharge Resulted from 1993 Rent Reduction Order

LVT Number: #30116

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant, based on a 1993 rent reduction order that had remained in place. The DRA ordered landlord to refund $30,825, including interest. Landlord appealed and lost. In addition to the 1993 rent freeze order, three additional rent reduction orders for the apartment were issued in 2014, 2015, and 2016. A rent restoration order wasn't issued until 2016. Landlord argued that a 25-year-old rent reduction order issued against prior landlord shouldn't bar rent increases.

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