When the state's highest court ruled in October that the new owners of Stuyvesant Town should not have raised rents beyond certain set levels while also receiving tax breaks from the city for major renovations, other landlords started to sweat. Tishman Speyer, which bought the sprawling housing complex in 2006 but must now pay back millions of dollars in rent rebates, is not the only property owner in the city to raise rents on formerly rent-stabilized units, while also getting a J-51 tax break.

Smelling fresh meat

sensing injustice, the lawyers have sprung into action!

The firm that represented tenants at Peter Cooper Village and Stuyvesant Town in the class action lawsuit has launched a mail campaign targeting tenants who may be living in illegally deregulated units at Parker Towers in Forest Hills and other complexes citywide. The letter begins, "We believe that your landlord may also be overcharging you." Ronald Aranoff, a lawyer with the firm, tells the Daily News, "The phones are ringing off the hook. We want to spread the word to people and to tell them that there are options out there." Those lawyers, always trying to help.