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Flooring: More Accurate Advice

Posted by Ken on November 12, 2000 at 20:50:57:

In Reply to: Flooring posted by Richard on November 12, 2000 at 09:07:12:

While some others have posted about installing a "floating" floor, no one has posted the facts as to why the landlord would oppose such an improvement, and possible remedies so that he will.

The reason he opposes installing the floor has to do with the rent stabilization system in New York. Becuase the apartment is stabilized, the owner is required to keep and maintain any improvements in the apartment from one tenant to the next. What's the problem here ? Well given that the rents he charges are fixed, he is not going to want to take on the additional responsibility of maintaining a better floor. A future tenant could demand that it be fixed or replaced if it were to wear down. This is why rent stabilized and controlled apartments seldom receive the level of maintainance that free market apartments do. The landlord has absolutely no incentive to do anything beyond the bare minimums required by law.

A possible remedy to this is for the tenant to request that the landlord install such a floor, at the landlord's expense, as a "major capital improvement" to the apartment. The landlord would apply to the city for permission to do this (burocrats are the only ones in "control" under rent control/stabilization). Assuming everything is OK, the work would be done and the tenant's rent would increase by 1/40th of the cost. This would spare the tenant the expense of installing a floor himself, an expense he otherwise wouldn't recoup, and makes particular sense if the tenant is contemplating moving out within the next five years.

I posted this message before, but it was deleted (censored ?) by TenantNet. If it was censored, it is telling that tenant net attempts to squelch intelligent discussion. Makes you wonder what its "agenda" really is.

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