Triple Damages and Rent Freeze Applied to Rent Overcharge

LVT Number: #29854

Rent-stabilized tenant sued landlord, claiming improper deregulation of tenant's apartment and rent overcharge. Tenant claimed that she was rent stabilized since the building had received J-51 tax benefits and that landlord had engaged in a fraudulent scheme to deregulate her apartment. The court ruled for tenant, finding that she was rent stabilized, that landlord must refund any rent overcharge with triple damages, and that the rent determined to be the base date rent would be frozen until corrected rent registration statements were filed with the DHCR.

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