Tenants at Lenox Terrace in Harlem are accusing their landlord, the Olnick Organization, of raising rent on their stabilized apartments in violation of a citywide freeze on those rents this year.
Olnick is claiming the increased rates are preferential rents, rather than illegal hikes, according to David Hershey-Webb, a lawyer representing several of the tenants. He claims his clients never signed lease agreements allowing such increases.
Studios at the building at 484 Lenox Avenue are currently listed at $1,750, one-bedrooms at $2,225 and a two-bedroom at $3,000, DNAinfo reported.
Hershey-Webb sued Olnick, led by Bruce Simon, back in 2010 for destabilizing units while also receiving tax breaks.