Tenant Overcharged Roommate

LVT Number: #24495

The roommate of a rent-stabilized tenant complained to the DHCR of a rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for the roommate and ordered tenant to refund $5,270. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant claimed that the only other apartment occupants were his wife's uncle, who didn't pay rent, and a family friend, who paid tenant $200 per month.  But tenant failed to rebut the roommate's claim that he lived in the apartment and was overcharged. Notably, the roommate claimed that tenant's immediate family and two other occupants also lived in the apartment.