Posted by chelsea on July 20, 2001 at 15:15:20:
In Reply to: Re: Vacancy Decontrol Issue posted by Gregg on July 20, 2001 at 11:16:44:
The 1997 RRRA increased penalties for harassment, but there's still virtually no penalty for illegally decontrolling an apartment, unless an overcharge can be proven, and triple damages are charged.
What are the Penalties imposed upon Landlords that are caught illegally decontrolling apartments like this? Have they been increased under the 1997 Act? Again, thanks for the input, and I'll keep you all posted on what is going on.
: [Original Posting]: I'd like some help on advising Tenants in our building about what the Landlord has been doing. We are a rent-regualated building, with about 100 apartments. The LL held vacant several apartments in the building, for several months. Then, he did some "renovations" and has begun renting them for $2000 or more, WITHOUT a rent-stabilized lease! Basically, the LL is decontrolling the apartments, acting unilaterally! These were all rent-stabilized apartments, initially.
: : We've recommended that the Tenants get an Aparment Detail from the DHCR, and check to see if the previous tenant's rent was less that $2000 ( We know of NO apt. in the building that has ever rented at $2000; Most of the rents are between $800 - $1400). Then, they could file a rent-overcharge complaint. Should they also file a Complaint for not receiving a Rent Registration Statement? Or is this covered in the filing of the Rent-Overcharge Complaint? Are there any time-limits that we should be aware of, other than the obvious "4-year rule"? Thanks for your suggestions & help!
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