Tenant's Possible Negligence Doesn't Preclude Rent Reduction Based on Fire

LVT Number: #30114

Rent-stabilized tenant complained to the DHCR of a reduction in services. Tenant's apartment had become uninhabitable after a fire. The DRA ruled for tenant and reduced his rent to $1 per month while the apartment was being restored. The DRA also noted that tenant had moved back in after several months and therefore also restored the rent as of that date. Landlord appealed and lost. Landlord argued that tenant's negligence caused the fire, so tenant shouldn't receive a rent reduction.

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300 Wadsworth LLC: DHCR Adm. Rev. Docket No. GN410021RO (3/27/19) [3-pg. doc.]