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Overcharge decision long overdue

Posted by Tom on January 18, 2000 at 11:56:42:

I am the first rent-stabilized tenant in my apartment; the former tenant was rent-controlled (pre-war apartment in Manhattan; I have a lease).

My landlord never filed the required Initial Legal Registered Rent with the DHCR and therefore never allowed me the opportunity to challenge the "fair market rent," as required by law. I filed a complaint with the DHCR and have been paying the rent as charged.

I first rented this apartment more than FOUR YEARS AGO (Nov 1995), and I am still waiting for some sort of resolution. Every time I call the DHCR's Rent Hotline they tell me "they're working on it," "huge backlog of cases," etc., but the fact is I'm still being overcharged.

Is there anything I can do to speed the process along? Am I allowed to place my rent in an escrow account in the hope of forcing my landlord to take me to court? Or do I simply have to keep waiting until the DHCR decides to do something?

Thanks, in advance, for your help.

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