Rent Overcharge Claim (form RA-89)

Use this app when you think you've been overcharged for rent.


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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.

This app is licensed under the MIT License by as of 2019.


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New York
Areas of law
Housing assistance and subsidized housing Renting or leasing property