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rent increase

Posted by C Duran on January 09, 2000 at 15:44:57:

We rented an apartment in August 1999. We agreed to pay $770.00 /mo.
we've had problems with the heat on several occasions, until we called the Health Department.
Since then We received a letter saying that our rent would be increased by $50. Because of "several Improvements" done to the apartment.
We have sent the landloard two Certified letters , one asking for the copy of the signed agreement
and one outlining the problems that we are currently having in the apartment such as:
leaking sink, outlet being shorted and faucets which are leaking.
To this day We have not heard from them on these matters or have had and "improvements' done to this aparment.
Other than the required maintenance required by law ie: heat, Windows Guards.
My question to you is since his reason to raise the rent have no merit and there are still other problems with the apartment,
is it legal for us to cont. to pay the $770.00 we agreed on in aug. instead of the $820.00 he is requesting?

PS: the other apartments have had a good amount of maintnance done to them with out any increase of rent and those tenents have been living in their apartment longer than we have with the same type of agreement. Thank you for your time to read this letter . If you can answer this question or give me any advice , it would be greatly appreciated again thank you Carlos Duran.

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