Tenant's Delays and Errors in Rent Payments Didn't Excuse Willful Rent Overcharge

LVT Number: #30363

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and ordered landlord to refund $3,110, including triple damages and interest. Landlord appealed and lost. Landlord argued that there should be no triple damages due to mitigating factors. Tenant paid rent sporadically and made underpayments, tenant made errors and lengthy delays in filing for SCRIE benefits, and tenant didn't report rent increases from lease renewals and MCI rent increases to the SCRIE program.

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Lafayette Nelson Apartments, LLC: DHCR Adm. Rev. Docket No. GU610005RO (7/19/19) [4-pg. doc.]