Posted by Anna on April 16, 1999 at 11:24:10:
In Reply to: Re: Seeking examples of improper conduct by DHCR to present to the Attorney General posted by isaac on April 13, 1999 at 10:18:52:
: If you want examples of scams, just check printouts of apartment rent histories that are obtainable from DHCR.
: You will find that, next to every listing for "vacancy", the word "imprvmt" appears, starting with the year 1984 (the year DHCR started keeping tracks of rent histories).
: This seems to indicate that DHCR has programmed its computers to automatically print out "improvment", deluding those challenging their rents into believing that their landlords had actually done apartment renovations to their apartment while vacant, and had thus qualified for lawful MCIs.
: Our tenant organization has compiled numerous rent histories, and this "imprvmt" appears next to every "vacancy" listing. This scheme started about 3 years ago.
One tenant has this "imprvm" during a supposed vacancy immediately preceding lease, 4 years & 2 months ago: s/he is possible candidate. Unable to contact yet.
Another settled the L&T non-payment case containing O/C counterclaim.
Third will probably appeal: won rent rollback to last registered rent but not rent O/C (like in Kirschbaum v Martinez, 8/19/98).
New examples will surface: in the meantime: have you tried contacting the tenants who left email addressses with their O/C questions on this board since Jan 99?
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