Posted by Karen Rose on February 07, 2000 at 13:55:47:
I live in a building with 6 apartments in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. My apartment, which I share with a roommate, is the right half of the first floor AND basement. My bedroom is in the basement. Last month the basment was flooded due to the hot water heater bursting. Books, clothes, my computer printer, my box spring, were all damaged. Four weeks later, it happened AGAIN. More stuff ruined. The landlord did not return calls until we withheld rent. He then sent a letter and left a phone message that our "credit would be ruined" and they would be disinclined to offer a lease renewal if we withheld any rent for the damages, and that our lease " exempts them from any responsbilbility for these types of damages.". I sent a letter detailing the damages, which came to $975, along with the remainder of the rent; I also said that we do not see in our lease where it exempts the owner from responsibility. We have a standard Blumberg lease. This week we received a three-day notice.
What do we do? Please help!
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