TRIPLE DAMAGES ORDERED

TRIPLE DAMAGES ORDERED

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...

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...