TRIPLE DAMAGES ORDERED

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...

Tenant's Rent Frozen at Base Date Rent

April 25, 2018    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant, froze tenant's rent at the base date rent of $1,800 per month due to landlord's failure to file rent registrations, and ordered...

Triple Damages Applied Where No Proof Landlord Sent Tenant Refund

April 24, 2018    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and ordered landlord to refund $8,240, including triple damages, although triple damages weren't applied to the portion of the...

Rent Overcharge Resulted from Pre-Base Date Rent Reduction Order

March 26, 2018    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant based on a pre-base date rent reduction order, which froze the collectible rent on the base date until landlord filed for and obtained a...

Rent Overcharge Based on Rent Reduction Order Found Willful

March 26, 2018    

Tenant sued landlord for rent overcharge, claiming that landlord collected full rent while a 1993 DHCR rent reduction order was in effect. Landlord pointed out that the DHCR issued a rent restoration order in 2015...

Landlord Improperly Deregulated and Overcharged Tenant of Hotel-Stabilized Apartment

March 14, 2018    

Tenant sued landlord, claiming rent overcharge and that his hotel-stabilized apartment had been improperly deregulated. Tenant moved into the apartment in 2012 and paid $3,600 per month under an unregulated lease....

DHCR Disallowed Rent Increase for IAIs After Inspection

March 14, 2018    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DHCR ruled for tenant and awarded triple damages. Landlord then filed an Article 78 court appeal. The court ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. The...

Triple Damages Added to Overcharge Finding Based on 1990 Rent Reduction Order

February 26, 2018    

Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and ordered landlord to refund over $68,000, including triple damages. Landlord appealed and lost. The overcharge finding was based on a...

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...

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