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http://nycourts.law.com/CourtDocumentViewer.asp?view=Document&docID=47177 Justice Schlesinger IN CONNECTION with a rent-stabilized tenant’s dispute with his landlord over allegedly excessive rent, respondent agency found that its decision not to consider an apartment as comparable for fair market appeal purposes was proper because the landlord failed to establish good cause for his failure to provide certain information. On the tenant’s claim that the agency erred in granting an individual apartment improvement rent increase – equal to one-fortieth of the $5,580 and $2,386 expended by two firms that performed kitchen and bathroom work – the court found that the building’s owner had established to respondent agency that although the tenant’s $5,580 check was made payable to the building’s superintendent, the superintendent was a principal of one of the firms that performed the work and that the work was done by the superintendent and paid for by the landlord outside of the scope of the superintendent’s regular employment.

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