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Rent guideline board(RGB)Questions

Posted by satori on February 28, 1999 at 20:18:36:

When I was in the process of being evicted by my landlord, in
the courts last year I sat in on all of the Rent guideline board
meetings,in Brooklyn,and one things I noticed, actually I had to for I was the
last to speak, everyone has the opportunity to speak first so after, all
the tenant advocates left and the room was empty of of politicians,and tenants and all,
except for the friendly cop that was watching my every move as I sat there
, he even found it in his niceness to sit next to me and make me feel
more comfortable. Well one of the questions I had to the board, that
they never answered is. How can they justify raising the rents on tenants,
were tenant advocate after tenant advocate from SROS to rent stabilized apartments
on a frequent basis are oveercharged rent, and they use fear to get the rent They went on and on about this t about how
instilling this in them (the tenants) is a reason to pay the rent. Well is that not the very reason
behind the creation of the rent guideline board years ago? I read it it says
so, to stop just this? But as I was screaming( and (my voice echoing in the empty room) at them I noticed and said that everything you
heard and will hear even from me is going in one ear and out the other.
Has anyone ever done a real survey of how many tenants are overcharged?
It should not be that difficult to weigh in those that are not reported
to Dhcr. out of fear. Politician pollsters have and art to it.Becuase it was even legal
aid that had scientific data of most of there cases being overcharges in SRO.s
and this was testimony from all different sectors? How can they justify
waiving a landlords accountability. to a tenats valid overcharge question. I think someone should make a motion
to the US supreme Court and make a motion to change the law Hell the tenants, should
have four years to toll the statute of limitations from the day they
learn of the overcharge to file a complaint with dhcr,not the other way around.It just stands
to reason and I think our our rule of law should reflect it, most
of the ways tolling of statute of limitations works in all the other
courts in THe US and New York reflects the tolling of the statute in this sort of situation
in favor of say like the tenant that learns they are overcharged,
theres always a clause, in favor of the tenant or the person making the civil claim that if it is done out of fraud, the reason being
overcharged or a civil wrong The statute of limitations is tolled from the day they (the tenant) learn of it?
Not the day the person that performed the fraud learned of it, like
the DHCR policy states.

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