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Dealing with landlord who won't paint

Posted by Ali on June 14, 2000 at 13:31:41:

I've been renting a non-stabilized studio apartment in Manhattan, in a co-op building, for the past four years. It's a legal rental from the owner of the apartment; I have a standard lease. When I moved in, the landlord said it was an "as is" apartment -- i.e., take it or leave it. He refused to paint it or clean it up before I moved in, and he refused to reimburse me for the cost of painting. I know that he's legally required to paint every three years (and, I assume, when a new tenant moves in?). I'll be moving out soon, so I'm not interested in chasing him down to paint anymore, but I would like to get reimbursed for the painting I did when I first moved in -- and I'd like to report him to whatever authority I can for refusing to paint every three years. Any advice?

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