Matter of Sabrina Equities Corp.

On December 3, 2003, in the Matter of Sabrina Equities Corp., DHCR Adm. Rev. Dckt. No. QH-410014-RP, an administrative proceeding before the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR), a notable administrative ruling was rendered in favor of the landlord, represented by Kucker Marino Winiarsky & Bittens, LLP. In the tenant’s fair market rent appeal, the DHCR initially ruled for the tenant and set the rent without information concerning comparable apartments. The landlord was ordered to refund $46,000.00. In appealing, the landlord argued the DHCR’s new comparability rules should apply. The DHCR agreed, applied comparability data, and reduced the refund to only $4,000.00. The DHCR agreed, because the landlord had purchased the building at judicial sale and did not obtain complete records, there was good cause for any prior failure to submit comparability data.