Court rules against Gluck on rent deregulation at Tribeca complex

August 31, 2010 08:30AM

Laurence Gluck, Independence Plaza North

Manhattan landlord Laurence Gluck illegally deregulated rents for tenants at Tribeca’s Independence Plaza North while simultaneously receiving J-51 tax breaks from the city, a state Supreme Court judge ruled yesterday, taking a page out of the book on Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, where a similar ruling was handed down last year. At the 1,331-unit IPN, at 80 N. Moore Street, Gluck facilitated the complex’s exit from the state’s Mitchell-Lama rent-stabilized housing program in 2004 and subsequently jacked up the rents, according to Crain’s. The tenant-led suit argued that Gluck should not have been allowed to raise rents while still receiving tax breaks from the city. Yesterday’s ruling reverses a March state decision that said the rent increases were justified because Gluck repaid the city for the tax breaks when he discovered that they would be problematic. While Gluck is likely to appeal the decision on the five-year-old lawsuit, it represents the latest in a string of setbacks for the landlord, who lost his massive Riverton Houses complex in Harlem to foreclosure earlier this year after failing to convert its 1,230 rent-regulated apartments to market-rate rentals. [Crain’s]