Posted by Phil on June 29, 2000 at 14:31:36:
I live in Brooklyn, and recently won a rent reduction for reduced services (individual apartment) because of various things--wont bore you with the details. It is on appeal via PAR.
The rent would have been $1424.23 (preferential rent--the legal regulated rent is $1632.22). Because of the rollback from the rent reduction case, my rent was reduced way back to $1323.22 a month.
I just received a lease renewal. The landlord lists the regulated rent on the form, and in a space nearby lists the preferential rent too, with increases. The part for "additional security" is alaso filled out as usual.
Then, in the space marked, "other rent to be charged," the landlord put in my rolled back rent, of $1323.22.
I had thought the landlord was going to simply fill out my lease as usual and I would still be paying the rolled-back rent until the services were restored. By putting the rolled-back amount in the lease, isn't the landlord reducing my rent for the term of the lease, even if services are restored before the end of the lease?
The landlord has an aggressive lawyer and has lied wontonly in this case, so if he has made a mistake in the lease I would have no qualms about taking advantage of it.
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