Posted by Brenda on December 27, 1999 at 21:32:56:
I have another question on "preferential rent," only mine is different.
When I first rented my (NYC rent stabilized) apartment back in the early Nineties, the landlord
didnt raise the rent because the market was bad, etc. So my rent was
less than the "legal regulated rent."
Well, I just got a rent reduction order for decreased services. The rent
is rolled back to the legal regulated rent as of a few years ago. But the
question I have is, does the rent get rolled back to the sum I actually paid,
or the (slightly higher) "legal regulated rent"? This is a retroactive order,
so it actually works out to a couple of thousand bucks difference.
I posed this question to the DHCR hotline. The guy checked with his supervisor and called
back to say that my rent gets rolled back to the ACTUAL rent, not the legal
regulated rent. He couldnt explain why.
Is the DHCR guy right? I tried researching this question on the website but
couldnt find anything. I'd like to accept his answer but I have a feeling he
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