Posted by me on August 24, 2001 at 10:59:34:
In Reply to: Re: Rent Rollback company? posted by TenantNet on August 23, 2001 at 23:52:17:
Rent rollbacks can be a lot of money. LOTS of money. If it is a rent overcharge you can get treble damages. Fortunately, the resources exist online to do the research yourself.
Quite frankly, I wouldn't trust another person to handle my case. I know the facts better than any third party. My tenants assn. had a lawyer--also an advertiser here--and we fired him, handled our cases ourselves, and won.
You can handle a DHCR case fine by yourself. Paying somebody 30% of the entire rollback is absurd, and might even wind up as more than the legal fees you would have paid.
: Yes, it's called Rent Rollbacks and the tel # is 212-254-0270. We know the person who runs the company and she is legit, not a scam. (She has occasionally advertised on TenantNet - so we have had a financial relationship with her). From time to time we have seen other companies that are not completely legit, but she is. We won't comment on her rates -- that is for her to quote to prospective clients. She is not an attorney, but an experienced tenant activist and has been doing this at least ten years (if not more). She cannot promise to win a case before DHCR, but no lawyer can either. Can you do the same job yourself? Yes, but she has the benefit of many years' experience, especially in complicated cases and she stays on top of the need to respond by various deadlines. Many tenants forget these things or just aren't willing to do the needed work. Will DHCR counselors give you adequate counseling? Beyond the basics, probably not -- it's not their jobs and DHCR (as you know) is a pro-landlord agency. There are some good people at DHCR, but many have been rooted out and those that are left have limitations. Rent Rollbacks cannot represent a tenant in court (because she's not a lawyer), but if the case gets appealed in court, she can suggest tenant attorneys. She can (and does) represent tenants in front of DHCR. We have relied on her expertise from time to time. It's worth a phone call, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. And as with any attorney, ask all the right questions and get the info in writing before making any decision.
: : Someone mentioned there is a company who will work with you to file an overcharge called Rent Rollbacks or something? Apparently they don't charge you anything unless you win, then they take 30%.
: : Does anyone have any info on them?
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