Tenant's Apartment Improperly Deregulated Based on Fraud

LVT Number: #28124

Tenant complained of rent overcharge and that her apartment had been fraudulently deregulated. Landlord claimed that the apartment was unregulated. The DRA ruled for tenant, finding that landlord had engaged in a fraudulent scheme to deregulate the apartment, that the base date rent was unreliable, and that tenant's legal rent was $838 using the DHCR's default method to set the rent. The DRA ordered landlord to refund $72,000, including triple damages.

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BLDG Management Co., Inc.: DHCR Adm. Rev. Docket No. FP410037RO (10/12/17) [6-pg. doc.]