Four-year rule doesn't apply.

Position::RENT STABILIZATION COVERAGE
 
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Landlord sued to evict tenant and claimed that tenant was deregulated in 1997 by a high-rent vacancy, after adding a vacancy increase and an individual apartment improvement increase to prior tenant's rent. Tenant claimed that he was rent stabilized and that there was a rent overcharge. He also claimed fraud by landlord. The court ruled for tenant without a trial. Landlord appealed, and the case was reopened. In 1997, landlord increased the monthly rent by $1,061 based on apartment improvements made after prior rent-stabilized tenant moved out. Whether the apartment was exempt from rent stabilization due to high-rent vacancy and whether...

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