Posted by Jane on June 14, 1999 at 18:37:18:
Great site! Now I'm wondering....
I moved into my rent controlled apartment in 1991. I remember receiving something in the mail soon after (maybe from landlord or DHCR) that stated that the previous tenant's rent was $99. Good for her I thought, but here we are paying 10X that! I believe that the apartment was renovated just before I moved in, but is there any way that a $900 jump is legal?
From the messages I've seen here, it is a difficult process to win a rent overcharge. I think I'd settle for a decrease in my monthly rent. Do I have any leverage? Have I missed my chance by signing renewal leases year after year? Does it matter that the building has changed managing agents since I moved in?
Thanks, in advance.
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