Posted by TenantNet on April 19, 1998 at 18:03:14:
In Reply to: INITIAL RENT REGISTRATION FORM (RR-1) posted by OSVALDO PRINCIPE on March 27, 1998 at 20:12:47:
: I AM INVOLVED IN LITIGATION WITH THE ARGO CORPORATION/JEMROCK REALTY. THE LANDLORD AND THE RENT STABILIZATION ASSOCIATION (RSA)HAVE CLAIMED THAT AN INITIAL RENT REGISTRATION FORM (RR-1) WAS SENT TO ALL TENANTS IN MY BUILDING IN SEPTEMBER OF 1984. SINCE NO ONE HAS SEEN THE 1984 RR-1, WE ARE LOOKING FOR EXAMPLES OF THE FORM AND THE MAILING WRAPPER.
The RR1 used to mean something as the rent couldn't go up unless a
tenant had been served AND the DHCR had been served. If you are the
tenant who was in occupancy in 1984, you can claim non-receipt and the
burden should be on the landlord, and DHCR should have it in their
computer whether or not one was filed. But these days DHCR will not
willingly verify to tenants if this is the case, and you may need to
make a stink. Even so, some owners may have sent it to DHCR and not the
tenant, but DHCR usually ignores this requirement, which they are
required to consider. Lack of an RR-1 should mean that you still
have a right to make a Fair Market Rent Appeal. THe form itself would
be yellow with name of the tenant, rent and lease term, among other
things. It should say RR-1 in small letters in the lower left corner.
If you actually need to see one, DHCR should have copies of what the
current version looks like.
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