The Devil, Details, and DHCR

Rent-Law Rewrite a Gift for Landlords

One proposal shows DHCR's disregard not only for tenants but for the state's top court. In December, Court of Appeals justice Judith Kaye ruled that DHCR was dead wrong in strictly applying a 60-day deadline on tenants who must answer landlord allegations that their rents and incomes are too high to qualify for rent regulations. Nonetheless, the agency is proposing exactly that in its revisions.

"The whole thing is just horrible," says attorney Seth Miller, who represented the tenant in that case. "Even with the Court of Appeals ruling, DHCR has the balls to say they're going to go ahead with this anyway."

A hearing on the DHCR plan is scheduled for May 25 at Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers Street, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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