TRIPLE DAMAGES ORDERED

Rent Overcharge Wasn't Hyper Technical and Resulted in Triple Damages

August 27, 2019    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and ordered landlord to refund $9,309, including triple damages and interest. Landlord appealed and lost. Although the legal rent for the...

New Landlord Must Pay Triple Damages for Prior Landlord's Willful Overcharge

August 27, 2019    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and ordered landlord to refund $29,190, including triple damages and reflecting a deduction based on landlord's prior refund to...

Landlord Who Doesn't Prove Cost of IAIs Must Refund Triple Damages for Rent Overcharge

August 12, 2019    

Landlord sued to evict rent-stabilized tenant for nonpayment of rent. Tenant claimed rent overcharge. The court ruled for tenant and ordered landlord to refund $117,402, including triple damages for willful rent...

Triple Damages Imposed for Rent Overcharge

July 13, 2019    

Tenant sued landlord for rent overcharge and improper apartment deregulation. The court ruled for tenant, found the apartment was rent stabilized, and awarded tenant triple damages for willful rent overcharge....

Triple Damages Applied to Overcharge Based on Disallowed IAI Costs

June 24, 2019    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and ordered landlord to refund $24,000, including triple damages and after deducting refunds already made. Landlord appealed, claiming...

Rent Overcharge Determined Using Default Method

May 25, 2019    

Rent-stabilized tenant in Yonkers complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and ordered landlord to refund $36,345, including interest and triple damages. Landlord appealed and lost. Landlord claimed...

Landlord Must Refund $147,000 Rent Overcharge

May 23, 2019    

Tenant complained of rent overcharge and claimed that her apartment had been improperly deregulated. The DRA ruled for tenant and directed landlord to refund $147,510, including interest and triple damages. Landlord...

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...