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SECTION 180.57
Rent gouging in the first degree
Penal (PEN) CHAPTER 40, PART 3, TITLE K, ARTICLE 180
§ 180.57 Rent gouging in the first degree.

A person is guilty of rent gouging in the first degree when, in the
course of a scheme constituting a systematic ongoing course of conduct
in connection with the leasing, rental or use of three or more apartment
units, the rental price of which is regulated pursuant to the provisions
of federal, state or local law, he solicits, accepts or agrees to accept
from one or more persons in three separate transactions some
consideration of value, knowing that such consideration is in addition
to lawful rental and other lawful charges established pursuant to the
provisions of such federal, state or local law, and upon an agreement or
understanding that the furnishing of such consideration will increase
the possibility that any person may obtain or renew the lease, rental or
use of such property, or that a failure to furnish it will decrease the
possibility that any person may obtain or renew same, and thereby
obtains such consideration from one or more persons.

Rent gouging in the first degree is a class E felony.