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Re: Vacancy Decontrol Issue

Posted by Gregg on July 20, 2001 at 11:16:44:

In Reply to: Vacancy Decontrol Issue posted by Gregg on July 16, 2001 at 20:39:30:

Just to clarify, this IS a rent - stabilized building, and these ARE rent-stabilized apartments. They were held vacant for several months by the LL, then were "renovated" and rented WITHOUT a rent-stabilized lease at what are FAR above the normal rents in the building (often more than DOUBLE the previous rent!. An additional Question for the Forum: What are the Penalties imposed upon Landlords that are caught illegally decontrolling apartments like this? Have they been increased under the 1997 Act? Again, thanks for the input, and I'll keep you all posted on what is going on.
[Original Posting]: I'd like some help on advising Tenants in our building about what the Landlord has been doing. We are a rent-regualated building, with about 100 apartments. The LL held vacant several apartments in the building, for several months. Then, he did some "renovations" and has begun renting them for $2000 or more, WITHOUT a rent-stabilized lease! Basically, the LL is decontrolling the apartments, acting unilaterally! These were all rent-stabilized apartments, initially.

: We've recommended that the Tenants get an Aparment Detail from the DHCR, and check to see if the previous tenant's rent was less that $2000 ( We know of NO apt. in the building that has ever rented at $2000; Most of the rents are between $800 - $1400). Then, they could file a rent-overcharge complaint. Should they also file a Complaint for not receiving a Rent Registration Statement? Or is this covered in the filing of the Rent-Overcharge Complaint? Are there any time-limits that we should be aware of, other than the obvious "4-year rule"? Thanks for your suggestions & help!

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