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Re: Rent Overcharge

Posted by brenda on March 03, 2000 at 09:20:11:

In Reply to: Re: Rent Overcharge posted by JH on February 28, 2000 at 18:35:22:

: It sounds as if the landlord failed to show that the work done was substantial rehabilitation, which would have exempted the building from regulation.

: Now DHCR is apparently going to set the rent. As many, many postings on this forum have shown, DHCR is a minefield, and unless the tenant is very familiar with these issues, it's a good idea to have a lawyer.

Not necessarily. I had a lawyer for my case, as did others in my building for our similar cases, we all fired our lawyers and we've all been winning. The landlord has a lawyer and he's been losing.
Depends on the situation, the amount of money involved, etc. This website has an excellent archive of DHCR decisions. If you do careful research you may do better than you could do with some lawyers.
The key thing is that, when you deal with the DHCR, you've got to "know what you're talking about."

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