NYC Landlord Says Rent Overcharge Class Can't Fly

Law360, New York (January 24, 2013, 6:19 PM EST) -- A Manhattan building owner told a New York state appeals court Thursday that a tenant can't avoid the prohibition in the state's rent stabilization laws on class actions by waiving treble damages, part of a dispute over tax benefits from deregulating apartments.

The putative class of tenants had at first sought treble damages against the landlord, arguing that they'd been overcharged on rent as part of the rules governing the J-51 tax abatement program, which has been mired in confusion after a 2009 decision by the...
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