Tenants won a big victory when the Rental Housing Commission overturned a lower administrative court decision in the case Gabriel Fineman v. Equity Residential. The opinion states that "rent" is the amount the tenant pays, not the fictitious much higher amount that Equity claims is the "maximum legal rent." Equity is planning to appeal to the Court of Appeals, but it is likely that the higher court will uphold the decision.

After losing the Fineman cases on appeal, Equity Residential submitted a motion for the Rental Housing Commission to reconsider its decision. The RHC issued a strong rejection of the motion, reaffirming its decision in favor of the tenant.