Posted by e. chesnut on November 24, 2000 at 13:36:40:
In Reply to: Illusory Prime Tenancy- Damages? posted by Amy on November 20, 2000 at 10:28:31:
Don't be put off by Ken's insulting, goonish tone. If the landlord is the same person as the illusory prime tenant (which is what many landlords do in order to make you a month-to-month tenant), you can sue him for treble damages and you will probably win. Either way, no one is allowed to charge you more than the LEGAL, registered rent (which you are entitled to know) plus 10% (if furnished).
In short, at a minimum, you are legally entitled to a rent stabilized lease if the landlord and illusory prime tenant are the same. You are also entitled to treble overcharge damages from whoever was overcharging you. Do the research, file with DHCR, get a tenant lawyer, etc... Don't settle for just a lease.
Rent laws are laws. If people break them, they must pay the penalties.
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