Posted by me on November 30, 2001 at 18:41:29:
In Reply to: Treble the overcharge...? posted by Johnny Quest on November 28, 2001 at 13:41:47:
I'm not clear from the postings whether you are in a rent-stabilized apartment.
Let's say just for the sake of argument that you are, and that you are entitled to treble damages, and that treble damages come to $18,500.
Is it worth hiring a lawyer to sue?
Will it "cost $10,000"? No way, not if it is a simple case (it sounds that way). And even if it did, as you correctly point out, you still come out ahead.
: Let me get this straight. If I can find proof of my illegal sublet-"landlord's" actual rent and can prove (through cancelled checks) that he was overcharging me some $200/per month, even though I had nothing signed with the guy, I can take him to court and get THREE TIMES my overcharge back per month (or, roughly, $18,500 for the 36-odd months I was living there)??
: If this is true, who knows a good lawyer and/or how I can find official evidence of what his rent was. As I mentioned before, I saw it on one of the notifications that was sent to him via me staying at the apartment, but unfortunately did not photocopy it. I suppose his lawyers and his old landlord would know, but is there any down side to asking them and/or an easier way?
: Thoughts and comments greatly appreciated.
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