RENT STABILIZATION COVERAGE

Tenant Contesting Removal of Utility Credit Wasn't Rent Stabilized

February 24, 2021    

Tenant complained to the DHCR that landlord failed to offer her a renewal lease on the same terms and conditions as her expiring lease, and had taken away a utility credit that was part of her original lease term....

Limitations on Vacancy Increase Under Rent Act of 2015 Didn't Apply

February 24, 2021    

Tenant complained of rent overcharge and improper deregulation of her apartment. The DRA ruled for tenant, finding the legal rent to be $1,750 per month. Landlord appealed and argued that prior tenant paid $2,188....

Apartment Was Properly Deregulated in 2009 Due to Base-Date Vacancy

February 24, 2021    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant in 2018 and ordered landlord to refund $6,150, including triple damages. Landlord appealed, and the DHCR sent the case back to the DRA in...

Former Dental Office Converted to Apartment in 2015 Became Deregulated

February 23, 2021    

Tenant complained of rent overcharge and improper deregulation of his apartment. The DRA ruled for tenant, finding the apartment to be rent stabilized and directing landlord to refund $35,392, including interest....

Substantial Rehab Exemption Not Effective Until DOB Issued Letter of Completion

February 23, 2021    

Landlord applied to the DHCR for a ruling that its building had been substantially rehabilitated and therefore was exempt from rent stabilization. The DRA ruled for landlord but specified that all tenants who lived...

Landlord Has No Approved DOB Filings to Support Substantial Rehab

February 23, 2021    

Landlord applied to the DHCR for a ruling that its building was exempt from rent stabilization due to substantial rehabilitation in 2014-2015. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. A DOB job filing...

Landlord Fails to Prove Building Was Substantially Rehabbed

February 23, 2021    

Landlord asked the DHCR for a ruling on a building's rent regulatory status. Landlord claimed that the building was exempt from rent stabilization due to substantial rehabilitation. The DRA ruled against landlord...

Deregulation Applications Filed in 2019 Properly Dismissed

February 23, 2021    

Landlord applied for high-rent/high-income deregulation of five apartments in its building in May 2019. The DRA dismissed all of these applications in August 2019 because, effective June 14, 2019, HSTPA repealed the...

Did Court Settlement Resolve Rent Stabilization Coverage Issue?

February 22, 2021    

Tenant sued landlord, claiming rent overcharge and improper deregulation of a rent-stabilized apartment. Landlord asked the court to dismiss the case without trial, arguing that landlord and tenant had settled the...

Court Upholds DHCR Explanatory Addenda to Deregulation Order

February 8, 2021    

In June 2018, landlord filed an application for high-rent/high-income deregulation of rent-stabilized tenants' apartment. The DRA ruled for landlord and issued an Order of Deregulation in January 2019 based on...

Landlord Showed No Proof of Vacancy Deregulation in 2007

January 25, 2021    

Landlord sued to evict unregulated tenant. Tenant claimed that his apartment had been improperly deregulated and that he was overcharged. The trial court ruled against landlord and dismissed the case. Landlord...

False Proof of Vacancy Leases Showed Improper Deregulation

January 25, 2021    

Landlord sued to evict unregulated tenant. Tenant claimed that he was rent stabilized, that the apartment had been improperly deregulated, and that he was overcharged. The court ruled for landlord after trial,...