Posted by Dawn on September 19, 2000 at 18:27:52:
In Reply to: Let's put the blame where it belongs: The pet's owner posted by The Judge on September 16, 2000 at 15:23:19:
Start a paper trail. Immediately. Keep track of all phone conversations, what was discussed, the date and time, as soon as you hang up with the landlord, write down everything that was discussed, what was said, before any time passes as you might forget something later. Take pictures of what needs to be fixed. Sending a polite, to the point letter to the landlord, (sending clear pictures of the problem also helps a LOT -- visual evidence!) stating what needs to be fixed, via return receipt requested and certified, would certainly be a start. This paper trail (and the photos) can be used as evidence in court later, esp. the return receipt on your polite letters, which needs the recipient's signature (so the landlord can't claim later he didn't get the letter). There are plenty of books out there that state how a letter should look and what it should say, NOLO books come to mind. NOLO PRESS is a company that deals with law books written in every day language. I strongly recommend their RENTER'S RIGHTS guide and WHAT EVERY TENANT SHOULD KNOW...book. They are both very good starting points. It's generalized though, so if you want more specifics for New York City & State, you would have to research that a little more indepth at the library with the most recent edition of NYS statutes.
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