Tenants Get Attorneys' Fees in DHCR Rent Overcharge Proceeding
LVT Number: #31278
Tenants complained separately in 2016 of rent overcharge and improper deregulation of their shared apartment. Each tenant had rented a single room in the same apartment without a lease. The DRA combined the cases, ruled for tenants, and ordered landlord to refund $55,249, including triple damages and interest. The DRA set the base date rent as Dec. 27, 2012, the date four year prior to the filing of the first complaint. The DRA also set the base rent at $666.67 per month using the default rent formula because landlord hadn't produced a lease or rent ledger in effect on the base date.