Posted by mike on August 21, 2000 at 23:11:15:
In Reply to: No Hot Water posted by Christine on August 21, 2000 at 19:39:10:
There is a thing called " WARRANTY OF HABITABILITY " and a landlord MUST provide hot water 24/7. During the winter months the landlord MUST provide heat according to temperatures set by NYC law. The heat laws are set for slum living however and some high rent building landlords hide behind the heat law. For an example, in the winter from Oct 1 to May 30 the heat law states that from 10 pm to 6 am if the outside temp is 40 or below that the inside temp has to be at least 55 or above. Do you know how cold 55 degrees inside an apt is ?? All slums are 55 degrees at night from 10 pm to 6 am and some high rent buildings with dirty animal landlords running the show.
There has never been, to my knowledge, any protest from any tenant group etc regarding the torture of a LEGALl 55 degree temp inside an apt. Can you imagine trying to live like that ?? Can you imagine little children being tortured like that ??
In your case, I would send the landlord a certified letter NOW and explain VERY FIRMLY that you will not live like this anymore !!! You do not have to wait for her to fix the boiler because she can't or doesn't want to. You can call a boiler company and have it fixed and DEDUCT the charges from your rent.
You can also call her on the phone and tape record the conversation. You can also tape her when you are in person. The tape laws in New York are very simple. The law says that as long as ONE of the people being taped is aware of the tape, then it is legal. Call the D.A.'s office and check it out.
As far as the deposit is concerned, when you are ready to move give her 60 days notice and use it for the rent. I know it's wrong, however with a vampire landlord, as you describe... you will never see your deposit again unless you went to court and waited maybe 6 months or more to get a judgement and then you have to COLLECT it which is a pain...... Stand up for your rights and don't take advise from weak and frightened people. They are losers and always will be weak and frightened and will raise children in their image. Landlords love weak and frightened people......check out this web site for more information..
Be warned that this information is not for weak and frightened people
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