Garodnick Applauds Stuyvesant Town Tenants’ Major Legal Victory on Retroactive Damages in Rent Overcharge Case

Council Member Garodnick applauded another significant legal victory for tenants of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village in the Roberts v. Tishman Speyer case — one that opens the door for them to receive considerable damages for rent overcharges.

In a strongly worded decision by Justice Richard B. Lowe III, the New York Supreme Court ruled that tenants are entitled to retroactive damages for rent-overcharge claims because their landlord — first MetLife, and then Tishman Speyer — had improperly deregulated apartments that were receiving the J-51 tax abatement.

“This is another huge win for tenants,” said Council Member Garodnick. “The Court of Appeals first resolved the question of liability — now we are getting a clearer picture of damages. MetLife should not fight this any further. Residents were illegally overcharged for years, and we expect them to get the recovery they deserve.”