Posted by richard on February 20, 2000 at 20:27:22:
In Reply to: various tenant inquiries posted by Kleinman on February 20, 2000 at 16:12:20:
GET ready for a rent increase next month! without a lease all he has to do is give you 30 days, and with oil heating and gas prices up 50% to 100% over last year he will try and do it once he gets his Con Ed bill or Oil bill!
Well how much is your electric bill? what type of things do you leave on during the day? are you there 16-18 hours with the lights computer tv stereo on ALL day....and you have a gas stove........then your bill should be less then $100 a month....If you go to work and no one is home all day, and you leave no BIG lights on then it should be around $50 thats a good starting point.
OK it you are not getting enough heat and the thermostat is downstairs...you have to think backwards..... if he creates heat in HIS apartment by cooking or by having a radiator turned on full blast NEAR the Thermostat...then it will FOOL the thermostat into believing its hot enough and NOT go on....and the result is YOUR apartment is cold.....
So explain to him nicely, that he has to turn some of his radiators down (because you know he will refuse to turn up THE THERMOSTAT!) so you will get more heat....and to open the windows in the kitchen when he cooks.....we have the same problem here but we have a great Landlord and wife..and they really co operate with us....
: i have just recently moved to a one bedroom apartment in a private house located in brooklyn, ny. there is no lease although i have in writting that he will not raise the rent unless unusual economic circumstances occur. number of units are two (2) family plus my one (1) bedroom plus one (1) "illegal" studio.
: my questions are:
: is it expected (customary) that the landlord provide a freshly painted apartment ? unfortunately the house is not kept as warm and the landlord initially promised. usually my thermostat reads just under 70 degrees (brooklyn union states that it should be 68 degrees between the hours of 6 am and 10 pm) i have discussed this with the landlord but to no avail. i am forced to run the oven for extra heat.
: my only recourse is to pay the rent late.
: how late can i pay the rent without it causing any legal problems ?
: (my understanding is that it's between 5 - 10 days)
: also how can i check that i am only paying for MY electrical usage on my con ed bill without causing attention from the landlord.
: i thank you in advance for your comments.
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