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Re: Is our landlord ripping us off??

Posted by Stacy on October 08, 2001 at 17:53:31:

In Reply to: Is our landlord ripping us off?? posted by LH on October 07, 2001 at 17:27:36:

Welcome to NYC rental hell. Given what you've written, yup, sounds like you're being overcharged. Your options:

1) The first, best option is to get a tenant-friendly lawyer. This sounds like a messy case, and a lawyer will be able to agressively detangle the mess in the way most favourable to you.

However, lawyers are expensive, so ...

2) You can also pursue this yourself. Getting the registration forms is an excellent first step. You can use the information you have to file an overcharge complaint with DHCR. The forms are available on their website, I believe. The advantage of doing it through DHCR is that it's free; the disadvantage is that they'll give the landlord some pretty wide loopholes to wriggle through.

If you do go through DHCR, hurry a bit: They'll only consider the last four years of the registration history, so it's to your advantage to get a complaint filed in the 2001 calendar year. Gather whatever evidence you can to support your case. If you can track down the previous tenant, get a notorized verion of his story. And keep digging through the boards here. there's good advice on how to handle these cases.

Good luck.

: My friend and I just signed a lease in August (we are both college students), and believe we are getting ripped off. When receiving our apartment registration forms from the DHCR, we found that the tenant in 1998 paid only $350 with rent stabilization, and in 1999 through 2000 registration was not found, and then the last tenant paid $805 with rent stabilization. We are currently paying a whopping $1400. Is this right? When asking around our neighborhood, we actually found the brother of the last tenant (who paid $805) and he told us that his brother had to get his rent reduced because our landlord tried to rip HIM off. HOWEVER, he only paid $540 and it states on the registration that he paid $805??!! What is going on?? We would really appreciate it if someone has any information on this. Thank you.

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