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Re: Treble Damages?

Posted by EGH on November 16, 2000 at 16:07:44:

In Reply to: Treble Damages? posted by K. Doe on November 16, 2000 at 01:13:31:

The references you see mentioned probably are in regard to
the NY State Division of Housing and Community Renewal,
which administers rent stabilization laws in New York City,
and which can award a tenant treble damages when it discovers that
a landlord has been willfully overcharging a tenant. This
is triple the amount the tenant overpaid.

: I've seen a few mentions of 'Treble Damages' here and on some other L&T websites. Being a musician, this term takes on a whole different meaning in my head than the one I suppose it actually means.

: I'll paraphrase my post from 3 days ago, which was titled "Broom Clean good Condition?" (feel free to read it)

: Landlord quite obviously cashed at least half of our $3000 security deposit the day after he received it (illegal). At our walkthrough after we vacated he cited damages that were quite obviously 'reasonable wear and tear' (we left the place in very good condition, and have video to prove it). I told him to send an itemized list of estimated repair/cleaning costs to my lawyer (he's been litigious with us twice before...and lost).

: It has been over two weeks since the walkthru and we A) have not heard a peep from him and B) have been notified by his lawyer that they are no longer representing him. We sent him a letter on 11/6 demanding our money back and as of today, 11/16, he has not picked up the certified mail at the post office. We assume he's just blowing it off.

: We are planning on suing him for the $3000 (no interest applicable), and also are filing a petition for contempt (Part of a stipulation from one of the litigations he brought on us was that if he played games with the security deposit, he'd be held in contempt of court).

: Are we entitiled to anything else here? Do these 'treble damges' come into play in this case?

: We're not trying not to be too greedy here, but this bastard has put us through so much, we just want to see him get what's coming to him, while collecting what's coming to us.


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