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Re: Of course it's legal

Posted by e. chesnut on November 30, 2000 at 18:54:27:

In Reply to: Of course it's legal posted by Ken on November 29, 2000 at 23:00:15:

If your apartment is covered by rent stabilization laws, then it's not legal. Until they are taken off the books, your landlord has to abide by those laws. File an overcharge complaint with DHCR immediately. Unless he/she can legally justify a 50% increase, the longer he collects this illegal rent, the higher treble damages you will be entitled to. You could also withold the rent (putting it into an escrow account), make the landlord take you to court and let a judge decide the legal rent.

On the other hand, if you are not covered by rent stabilization, you might be at the mercy of what the "fair" market will bear - which might be 50% more than what you were paying.

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