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Re: Rent Stablization Question: another overcharge

Posted by Anna on May 22, 2000 at 19:49:22:

In Reply to: Rent Stablization Question posted by Dave on May 22, 2000 at 13:02:40:

: I live in a rent stabilized building in the East Village with two other people with a lease which started on 9/1/99, paying $2800/month. We recently received the rent history which indicated that the previous tenant was paying about $500. Since the building is stabilized, do we have the right to have the rent reduced and to a refund of any overpayment?

Basically: during a vacancy, the landlord can rehab the unit then charge the next tenant 1/40 of the cost on top of the vacancy allowace of 20%.

Soooo, your honest law-abiding landlord paid $80,000 to renovate your place.
Looks more like $4000 to you? Quelle surprise!
I'm buying a bridge from him next week: that cute little thing behind the courthouse... it was just renovated too.

Seriously: the term is RENT OVERCHARGE. bigtime O/C. Use the search feature to find lots of previous messages on this subject, including some from nyhawk concerning which forum to bring it to. Hint: not DHCR.

Note: there are a couple of legitimate reasons a rent stabilized unit could become free market, such as the end of a tax abatement period... the Rent History should have some indication of it.

And please do all of us a favor: tell all your friends and neighbors to get a Rent History. Only when enough of these fraudulent increases are caught and reversed will landlords stop harassing us to get our apartments.

Call GOLES 525 E 6th, Good Old Lower East Side, 212.533.2541, and visit their tenant clinic with all your papers.

ps: learn more about being a tenant in NYC: go to the NY Tenant Info section on TN Home, link at top of page.

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