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http://nycourts.law.com/CourtDocumentViewer.asp?view=Document&docID=46944 Judge Bedford PETITIONER LANDLORD sought termination of respondent tenant’s lease on the ground that he overcharged his roommates in violation of Rent Stabilization Code �2525.7(b). Based on the latest lease renewal, the court found the proper rent to be $1,617 monthly. It further determined that the tenant’s three roommates – who paid a total of $2,100 monthly – should have paid only $1,465.50, 75 percent of the apartment’s $1,954 monthly registered rent. The court granted possession to the landlord. It rejected respondent tenant’s assertions that the excess $634.50 paid by his roommates was justified by cleaning and legal costs that he paid to prevent eviction of himself and his roommates. Noting the lack of a negotiated agreement the court found that the additional rent charged above the roommates’ proportional share was not identified or calculated at the time of rental and bore no reasonable relationship to additional living expenses.

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