Five Possible Arguments to Avoid Triple Damages for Rent Overcharge
No owner likes to get hit with a rent overcharge order. And it’s worse if the Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) orders you to pay triple damages on top of that. But the DHCR shouldn’t hit you with triple damages in every case where it finds an overcharge. If you can prove that the overcharge was “not willful,” you can escape triple damages.