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Refrigerator requirements in a no-lease apartment

Posted by Kitt on June 06, 2000 at 20:30:42:

I have no lease for the apartment in which I've lived for over four years. This has generally been not a problem for me, but it makes me a little timid when it comes to asserting my rights. Over the weekend, the ancient non-frost free refrigerator in my apartment died (admittedly, I helped it along, but it was definitely on the way). When I told the landlord, I figured we'd split the cost of a new one (I figured that was fair), and he told me: "I no longer provide refrigeration in my apartments. If the refrigerator works, I let it stay, if it doesn't, the tenant has to provide one." Ergo: I'm stuck buying the whole thing for myself. I told him if I owned it, I'd be taking it with me when I moved; he said "Fine!"

My question is this: Even though I don't have a lease, do I have any rights? Is the landlord required to provide refrigeration? Is it worth going to small claims court or deducting some of the cost from my rent? If anyone has any thoughts, I'd be very grateful.

Thanks in advance!

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