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"I live in a rent stabilized apartment in New York and I think I've been overcharged for rent, what should I do?"
You have three options available to you:
1. You can start a lawsuit;
2. You can withhold rent. This will cause your landlord to sue you in Housing Court in what's known as a non-payment proceeding, at which point you can make a counterclaim that withholding rent was lawful because you've been overcharged for rent; or
3. You can file a Rent Overcharge Claim with the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR).
This app can help you with option #3.
An overcharge complaint does not involve any risk of eviction and it is the easiest method for tenants who aren’t represented by a lawyer.