Posted by Mark Smith on September 14, 2000 at 21:51:15:
In Reply to: Do we have to pay for a new fridge? posted by Tyler Hill on September 14, 2000 at 21:04:52:
If the refrigerator can't be repaired, the landlord must replace it with a comparable functioning refrigerator, which can be used. There would be no charge for this.
If you agree to a new refrigerator, the landlord can increase your rent by 1/40 of the cost of the refrigerator. This is a permanent increase, to which the Rent Guidelines Board increases are added. This is much worse than a major capital improvement (MCI), which is for building-wide improvements and for which the monthly increase is 1/84 of the cost of the improvements, divided among the apartments in the building.
: Hello, Our refrigerator is quickly deteriorating. The landlord sent a repair guy out, and he said that the model is old, adn poorly made, and there is nothing to be done except to replace it (unless of course i want to quit my job and stay home and defrost it full-time). The landlord told us that if they put a new fridge, it is a "capital improvement" and they will raise our rent to compensate ( only about 7-8 dollars, they said). Is this legal? We are rent stabilised, if that makes a difference. Thanks.
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