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Re: pay phone in lobby and reduction in services

Posted by Brenda on May 11, 2000 at 11:55:22:

In Reply to: pay phone in lobby and reduction in services posted by annie on May 10, 2000 at 16:45:46:

: We have had a payphone in our lobby for over 15 years. It is very conveinient for staff, delivery people, etc. Some people in the building want to get rid of it because they dislike the idea of the doorman using it. I believ eit may constitite a reduction in services if they remove it. Is this correct?

Interesting question. You should run a search through the excellent database of DHCR decisions here to see the kind of services that fall under the umbrella of "required service." While I doubt you'll see pay phones there, you'll see a bunch of others.c (I'm assuming your an NYC rent stabilized tenant)

Since you have an arguable case, and since your landlord could be hit with a rent rollback if you win, I suggest that you tell the landlord that if he pulls out the phone you will file for a rent reduction.
Faced with that possibility he would have to be a real jerk to pull it out because the poor doorman uses it.

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