Ben Dulchin of the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development has posted an interesting article on ANHD's blog: What Do Landlords Talk About When They Talk About Rent Increase Loopholes? "Individual Apartment Improvement" rent increases are how landlords hope to "add value" to rental apartments. The unspoken but necessary step: pushing out the low-rent tenants. An excerpt is below, but it's worth reading the whole blogpost.
3. The most recent court decision found that Stellar Management intentionally inflated its costs and awarded the tenants triple damages. An intentional inflation of costs couldbe fraud. Where there is fraud, a tenant can get around the 4-year statute of limitations for getting an apartment back into rent regulation.
If you’re a New Yorker living in a rent-stabilized apartment, chances are you’ve struggled with finding a necessary piece of paperwork—the form for requesting your apartment’s rent history, for example, or the right complaint if your landlord is dragging their heels on renewing your lease. In the past, those forms were scattered throughout the website for the Department of Homes and Community Renewal, New York state’s agency that handles rent regulation.
But no longer: Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today that the state has created a new portal, called NYS Rent Connect, that’s a one-stop shop for tenants of rent-regulated apartments (and their landlords) to deal with any potential issues that may arise with those apartments.