Posted by What law? on June 08, 2000 at 20:24:34:
In Reply to: rent reduction and repairs posted by Herman P. on June 08, 2000 at 20:17:34:
: My apartment was damaged by an upstairs leak in my apartment building three months ago. The landlord repaired the damage but did not reduce my rent before the damage was repaired, as the law requires. Am I entitled to subtract part of this month's rent to make up for the time I was living in a damaged apartment? If so, how do I figure out how much to subtract?
: I am a rent-stabilized tenant in Manhattan.
If you can find a law that requires landlords to reduce our rents for un-repaired things like this, please post it: one million apartments would like to know about it.
You have 3 choices: negotiate with the guy, good luck.
Withhold rent (not legal but traditionally acceptable) and face an eviction lawsuit: very risky business these days.
File with DHCR for a reduction of services rent reduction: unless something else is wrong, you've lost this one too because the repair is done already.
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