TRIPLE DAMAGES ORDERED

TRIPLE DAMAGES ORDERED

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...

No Fraud Found in Connection with Rent Overcharge

December 26, 2018    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and ordered landlord to refund $23,662, including triple damages and interest. Tenant appealed and lost. Tenant claimed that landlord had...

Landlord Who Reduced Initial Rent Set by HPD Reduced Legal Regulated Rent

November 27, 2018    

Landlord sued to evict rent-stabilized tenant for nonpayment of rent. At some point, tenant claimed rent overcharge and argued that her monthly $1,500 rent was the legal rent, not a preferential rent. Tenant asked...

Landlord Collected Renewal Increase Without Executed Renewal Lease

August 24, 2018    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and ordered landlord to refund $3,228, including triple damages. Landlord appealed and lost. Landlord claimed that there was no willful...

Court Finds Rent Overcharge of $83,669 for Tenant of Improperly Deregulated Apartment

August 21, 2018    

Tenant sued landlord, claiming improper apartment deregulation and rent overcharge. Tenant moved into the apartment in 1999 at a monthly rent of $1,400. In 2017, landlord advised tenant that her lease wouldn't be...

Rent Overcharge of $120,000 Resulted from Landlord's Fraud

June 25, 2018    

Landlord sued to evict tenant for nonpayment of rent. Tenant claimed that landlord had fraudulently set tenant's vacancy rent in 2008, based on a prior fictitious legal rent. The court ruled for tenant, found...

No Renewal Lease Increase Permitted

May 29, 2018    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and ordered landlord to refund $7,575, including triple damages. Landlord appealed and lost. Although landlord claimed that it had given...

Triple Damages Applied Despite Refund

April 25, 2018    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and ordered landlord to refund $23,000, including interest and triple damages. Landlord appealed and lost. Landlord argued that it had...