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Question about large rent increase

Postby vivalatacoz » Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:48 am

Hi! I've been reading around about rent stabilization, and looking into my own rent, and I was wondering about a page from my DHCR rent history (attached). Currently, my rent is $2395, up from $2300 when I moved in 2 years ago. I do not make over 200,000 (or anywhere close lol).

The rent from 1998 (earliest recorded) until the page on the attachment was $400 and barely rose until that tenant moved out in 2005. Then there is an exempt year, and then a new tenant moved in, and the rent quadrupled in 2007. Then in 2009, there was apparently a fire, then a "high rent vacancy in 2010," then and then it became deregulated. What's going on with that?

Thanks everyone.
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Re: Question about large rent increase

Postby TenantNet » Tue Sep 19, 2017 12:23 pm

You could be mixing things up. The $200,000 amount is for High Income decontrol, not High Rent decontrol. Those are different things. The High Rent threshold was $2,000 up to 2011, then it went to $2,500, and in 2014 it again increased to $2,700. See https://goo.gl/Pt1GG8

According to this rent history, the unit became deregulated in 2011 when the threshold was still $2,000. So if the rent was legally (and don't be sure it was legal) above $2,000, then it can be deregulated.

A fire doesn't mean a unit is deregulated. In fact, if a unit is inhabitable due to a fire, the current tenant can maintain his tenancy - and his RS status - by paying $1 per month.

You should get a new history with the tent going back to 1984. Unless it was a new building, they should have it.

Nor would a 2nd successor situation be a factor to deregulate a unit.

There's no explanation why a unit would be exempt, the RS again.

To me, this document cries out for further investigation. I would talk to your neighbors to see if they can shed light on all this ... but don't speak to the landlord just yet.

I would consider getting a consultation from a tenant attorney that also practices in front of DHCR.

Also keep in mind, unless there's fraud, you can only go back four years on an overcharge claim. But there's no limit on determining rent stab status.
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Re: Question about large rent increase

Postby vivalatacoz » Tue Sep 19, 2017 1:01 pm

Thanks!
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