Posted by TenantNet on March 12, 1997 at 23:47:11:
In Reply to: rent regulated status search results posted by Mark Ralin on March 12, 1997 at 22:24:49:
: I searched for my building and found that "1" out of "3" of the buildings
: that I searched from the DHCR registry stated that " (Co-Op) apts exist
: in building".
: If my building is not registered as a Co-Op with DHCR am I entitled to
: a roll back of the increace since the building went Co-Op.?
: Can the landlord be fined for not registering with DHCR?
: What if any thing does the Attorney Gen. have to do with this?
I don't know if it's 1 out of 3, but the database is from 1994 and DHCR
naturally is refusing to release more data (as it will show what buildings
they are dropping (most likely illegally) from the registration rolls.
The database is an indicator and not the final legal word on its status.
A building can be coop but non-purchasing tenants who were in occupancy
at the time of the conversion are still regulated. Whether or not you are
being overcharged will depend on your unit's rent history. The registration
system was gutted (blame Cuomo who made it essentially useless and Pataki
is making it worse) and there are virtually no fines for non-registration
(it's a $5 fine). The AG's office is also a joke. On the other hand, if
there is an actual overcharge higher than legal increases, you may be able
to get something out of it. But you have to be on top of things as
DHCR will do its best to forgive overcharges.
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