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Landlord Improperly Increased Rent-Stabilized Tenant's Rent

October 28, 2018    

Landlord sued to evict rent-stabilized tenant for nonpayment of rent. Landlord claimed that it was entitled to raise tenant's rent as much as it did as long as the rent increase didn't violate a ceiling of...

Landlord and Tenant Signed Two Leases at Different Rent Amounts

October 8, 2018    

Landlord sued to evict rent-stabilized tenant for nonpayment of rent. The court dismissed the case after trial. Landlord and tenant signed one lease listing a higher rent, then signed a second lease with a lower rent...

Lease Guarantor Must Pay Rent Owed by Former Tenant

September 25, 2018    

Landlord sued tenant's guarantor, seeking payment of rent owed by tenant both before and after tenant moved out. The guarantor didn't respond to landlord's claim. The court ruled for landlord, finding...

DHCR Sets Rent for New SRO Tenant at $234 per Month

September 22, 2018    

Landlord asked the DHCR to determine the legal rent for tenant's SRO unit after a court ruled that tenant was a rent-stabilized permanent tenant. Tenant had checked into the SRO building in August 2015, paid a...

Landlord Can't Evict Tenant for Not Renewing His Section 8 Voucher

September 20, 2018    

Landlord sued to evict tenant, who previously had received a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, and claimed that tenant breached his lease by failing to return his annual recertification package HPD. This resulted in...

Landlord Charged Tenant Excessive Late Fees

August 24, 2018    

Landlord sued to evict tenant, claiming that tenant owed back rent and related charges. The court ruled for tenant, who appealed and won in part. Since tenant's lease didn't deem late fees, utility charges,...

Tenant Not Entitled to Refund of Rent Paid While Building Violated Permit Rules

August 12, 2018    

Former tenant sued landlord in small claims court to recover $300 security deposit along with $1,200 paid for eight weeks' rent. Landlord in turn claimed that tenant owed $2,680 in back rent and cable TV bills,...

Court Vacates DOF Decision to Retroactively Recoup DRIE Credits from Landlord

July 27, 2018    

NYC Department of Finance (DOF) issued a ruling in February 2016 that tenants' household improperly received both SCRIE and DRIE benefits and that DRIE benefits credited to landlord therefore must be...

Landlord Continued to Accept Preferential Rent Payments

June 25, 2018    

Landlord sued to evict rent-stabilized tenant for nonpayment of rent. Tenant had no current renewal lease and claimed that she had paid a preferential rent. Landlord was claiming that a higher legal rent was due and...

Tenant Improperly Claims Rent Overcharge After Final DHCR Rulings

June 23, 2018    

Landlord sued to evict rent-controlled tenant for nonpayment of rent. Tenant claimed that landlord failed to properly calculate his rent in light of J-51 tax relief and fuel cost adjustments. The court ruled for...

Landlord Made Improper Back Rent Demand

May 27, 2018    

Landlord sued to evict rent-stabilized tenant for nonpayment of rent. Tenant claimed rent overcharge and asked the court to dismiss the case. The court ruled for tenant in part. The DHCR had issued a rent reduction...

Rent Discount Included Unenforceable Late Charge

April 26, 2018    

Landlord sued to evict rent-stabilized tenant for nonpayment of rent. Under tenant's lease, the legal regulated rent was $2,999, but tenant was charged a monthly preferential rent of $1,956 if rent was paid by...