TRIPLE DAMAGES ORDERED

Landlord Collected Two Vacancy Increases During One Calendar Year

April 28, 2019    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and found that the total overcharge, including triple damages, was $10,397. Since landlord had refunded more than that amount to tenant,...

Triple Damages Applied When Overcharge Refunded Late

April 26, 2019    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and found that the total overcharge was $11,407, including triple damages. Since landlord had refunded $13,750, landlord owed no further...

Triple Damages Based on Service Reduction Order

April 26, 2019    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and ordered landlord to refund $8,766, including interest. The overcharge was based on a service reduction order, in effect until July...

Landlord, Tenant LLC, and LLC Member All Responsible for Overcharge Refund to Subtenant

April 25, 2019    

Subtenant complained of illusory prime tenancy and rent overcharge by tenant. Tenant had rented more than one apartment from landlord since 1995. The DRA ruled for subtenant and found an overcharge totaling $201,593...

Default Method Used to Determine Rent Overcharge

April 23, 2019    

The DHCR commenced an administrative proceeding against landlord for rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and ordered landlord to refund the overcharge with triple damages. Landlord appealed, and the DHCR denied...

Landlord Didn't Submit Rent History Records

March 19, 2019    

Tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and ordered landlord to refund $71,480, including triple damages and interest. Landlord appealed and lost. Landlord claimed that the apartment had been...

Tenant Must Refund Rent Overcharge to Subtenant with Triple Damages

March 18, 2019    

Subtenant complained to the DHCR of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for subtenant and ordered tenant to refund $1,826, including triple damages. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant claimed that subtenant didn't pay...

Rent-Controlled Tenant Gets Overcharge Award with Triple Damages

March 16, 2019    

Landlord sued to evict rent-controlled tenant for nonpayment of rent. Tenant claimed rent overcharge and breach of the warranty of habitability. Tenant pointed to a 1976 DHCR rent reduction order. Landlord argued...

Landlord Must Refund Tenant Over $800,000 in Rent Overcharges

February 26, 2019    

Tenant sued landlord, claiming rent overcharge and improper deregulation of a rent-stabilized apartment. The court ruled for tenant. The apartment had been last registered as rent stabilized in 2002 at a rent of $1,...

Landlord Must Refund Overcharge with Triple Damages

January 28, 2019    

Landlord sued to evict tenant for nonpayment of rent. Tenant claimed rent overcharge. The court ruled for tenant after landlord failed to present proof of claimed individual apartment improvements (IAIs) to the...

DHCR Disallowed Some Claimed IAI Costs Based on Inspection

January 28, 2019    

The DHCR's Tenant Protection Unit (TPU) audited individual apartment improvements (IAIs) to tenant's apartment, then disallowed IAI costs and directed landlord to reduce tenant's rent. Landlord objected...

Triple Damages and Rent Freeze Applied to Rent Overcharge

January 24, 2019    

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...