No willful overcharge for deemed renewal lease increase #25739.

Position:RENT OVERCHARGE
 
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Rent-stabilized tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRO ruled against tenant, who appealed and won. The DHCR ordered landlord to refund $6,080, including triple damages. Landlord sought reconsideration of the DHCR's decision. Landlord claimed that there was no willful overcharge because it had deemed a lease renewal pursuant to a Rent Stabilization Code provision that was later invalidated by a court. The DHCR ruled for landlord. Landlord relied on the Rent...

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