Landlord Raised Rents for Renovations Never Done, Lawsuit Says | NY Times

By KIM BARKER

Randy Garcia suspected she was paying too much for the apartment in Washington Heights she shares with her daughter. She had rats, mice and cracks in the walls. Now her case is part of a lawsuit against the landlord. (Photo: Michelle V. Agins | NY Times)

Randy Garcia suspected she was paying too much for the apartment in Washington Heights she shares with her daughter. She had rats, mice and cracks in the walls. Now her case is part of a lawsuit against the landlord. (Photo: Michelle V. Agins | NY Times)

Randy Garcia thought she might be paying too much for her rent-regulated apartment in Washington Heights in Manhattan: about $1,800 a month. It was more than she could afford with her job handling medical records.

Eventually she asked the state for a history of rent increases on the apartment.

She learned that the landlord, Bronstein Properties, had almost doubled the rent four years earlier, to $1,425 from $761.70. To justify such an increase under the law, Bronstein would have needed to perform more than $30,000 in renovations when the apartment was vacant.

Read more: Landlord Raised Rents for Renovations Never Done, Lawsuit Says | NY Times

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