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Lost PAR unfairly, need to file Article 78! Help!

Posted by Elizabeth, Manhattan on June 07, 2000 at 09:13:54:

I am the tenant represenative of 2 buildings that were hit with an MCI increase (plus a steep retroactive increase) for elevators (identical size in both buildings) that are smaller, slower, and not wheelchair accesible, unlike the original elevators. We believe this is a reduction in service, not an improvement. Senator Tom Duane's office went to bat for us, showing that there were never any permits (Department of Buildings) issued for the elevators, plus discrepancies in check amounts submitted for the work done. I found unresolved violations on both buildings, active during the last 6 months the MCI increase has been collected, also the landlords illegal attempts to collect the retroactive increase while the PAR was being determined. The DHCR refusal of our PAR ignored all of the above! The upshot is, we need a tenant activist lawyer fast, as I plan to file an Article 78. I have all my paperwork, and Freedom of Information Act files from DHCR on our case, along with Department of Buildings records. Please give me any tips, and names of local lawyers, on how to proceed.

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