Posted by Penny on October 16, 2000 at 11:47:30:
In Reply to: kitchen use posted by Mary on October 16, 2000 at 02:57:28:
: I agreed to sublet a room in an apartment in Manhattan where there is a prohibition on kitchen use. That is to say, the main Tenant, from whom I am subletting, "needs her space". Since I was desperate for a place to live at the time I moved in, I agreed to abide by this rule.
The operative words here are "I agreed." You were desperate for a place to live, and you agreed to the limitations.
Incidentally, are you subletting or are you sharing an apartment? It sounds like a share.
: I am wondering about the legality of the arrangement, generally. Specifically, I want to find out about WATER: I was under the impression that tap water from the kitchen is processed according to different standards than tap water in the bathroom. (I have found that it tastes very different, at least.) I made a formal request for kitchen water from my landlady and she graciously denied it. She assured me that there is no difference in quality of water, whether it comes from the kitchen sink, the bathroom sink or the shower.
That's right. All household water comes from the same source. The water in the bathroom is the same as the water in the kitchen in terms of processing and potability, and comes in through the same pipes from the same place. There might be differences in the plumbing of the two rooms, however, that could effect the taste of the water in the bathroom. (BTW, a lot of people believe that bathroom tap water is physically and chemically different from kitchen tap water. It's an interesting psychological phenomenon.)
: DOES ANYONE HAVE FACTUAL INFORMATION or resource information ABOUT EITHER OF THESE ISSUES?
Your agreement to leave the landlady her "space" is perfectly legal. She said you won't have use of the kitchen. You said okay. That's that. You are not bereft of water, and the water you have access to is drinkable. You got yourself into the situation. Be gracious about it, but by all means look for another place if the situation bothers you that much.
Be more assertive, or less desperate next time you look for an apartment.
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