Landlord v. Tenant: August 2017

RENT OVERCHARGE

Landlord Not Required to Seek Lowest Cost for IAIs

Tenant complained of rent overcharge. The DRA ruled for tenant and ordered landlord to refund $89, including interest. Tenant appealed and lost. The DRA had calculated the legal rent based on a vacancy increase, longevity increase, and a $505 monthly rent increase for individual apartment improvements (IAIs). Tenant disputed the $30,283 spent on IAIs, arguing that landlord didn't use a bidding process and used house workers and inflated the price.

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