TRIPLE DAMAGES ORDERED

Landlord Collected Full MCI Increase Despite Getting J-51 Tax Benefits

January 24, 2018    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge because landlord collected a full MCI rent increase while also receiving a J-51 tax abatement for the work performed. The DRA ruled for tenant and ordered landlord...

Landlord Didn't Document Cost of IAIs

December 20, 2017    

The DHCR's Tenant Protection Unit (TPU) commenced an individual apartment improvements (IAI) audit and asked for proof justifying IAI rent increases collected by landlord. Landlord submitted some records, and...

DHCR Finds Fraud in Landlord's Deregulation of Apartment Rent

December 20, 2017    

Tenant complained of rent overcharge. Landlord argued that the apartment was vacancy deregulated as of the base rent date four years before tenant filed her complaint. The DRA ruled for tenant, found that tenant was...

Landlord Ignored TPU Audit Determination

December 20, 2017    

The DHCR's Tenant Protection Unit (TPU) conducted an audit and issued an Audit Determination Notice telling landlord to reduce tenant's rent as of April 1, 2013, to $575 per month and to refund a rent...

Indications of Fraud Warranted Overcharge Finding

November 28, 2017    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge, fraud, and improper apartment deregulation before the base rent date. The DRA ruled for tenant and ordered landlord to refund $132,175, including interest and...

Unreliable Base Date Rent Yields $117,000 Overcharge Finding

November 28, 2017    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. Tenant moved into the apartment in 1984 and said that, between 1992 and 2009, landlord treated the apartment as deregulated although the building was receiving J-...

Triple Damages Applied Where Individual Apartment Improvements Were Disproved

November 27, 2017    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and ordered a refund with triple damages. Landlord appealed and lost. The DRA properly granted a rent increase for individual apartment...

Triple Damages Applied Absent Proof of Judicial Sale

October 30, 2017    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant, and imposed triple damages. Landlord appealed and lost. The DRA found that a rent reduction order issued on June 14, 2012, with an...

Triple Damages Applied to Rent Overcharge Based on Disallowed IAIs

September 28, 2017    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and ordered landlord to refund $50,000, including triple damages. Landlord and tenant both appealed and lost. Landlord claimed that the...

Landlord Must Refund $45,000 in Rent Overcharges

September 28, 2017    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and ordered landlord to refund $45,000, including triple damages. Landlord appealed and lost. Landlord claimed that the building was...

Tenant Who Signed Commercial Lease Was Rent Stabilized

September 28, 2017    

Tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and ordered landlord to refund $17,733, including triple damages plus interest. Landlord and tenant both appealed and lost. Tenant argued that the DRA...

Landlord Must Refund Overcharge Based on 1987 Rent Reduction Orders

September 27, 2017    

Landlord sued to evict rent-stabilized tenant for nonpayment of rent. Tenant claimed rent overcharge based on two 1987 DHCR rent reduction orders that were still in effect. Landlord argued that it had bought the...

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