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Flooring (Pt. II)

Posted by Richard on November 14, 2000 at 05:53:08:

Thanks to those who responded to my question below. I've decided to go ahead and put in the "floating" wood floor, which has recently been prohibited by the landlord as a result of a lawsuit brought by one of the tenants because of water damage to her wood floor.

What appears to make my floor "legal" is that it is not a change or alteration to the apartment. It's temporary flooring, in that it's not glued or nailed down and causes no damage to the apartment. It's a "wood carpet," in other words.

However, I'd like to post the relevant clause from my lease, just to make sure I'm safe. It's probably a standard clause. Here it is:

"Changes and Alterations: Tenant shall make no changes, alterations or improvements of any kind in or to the Apartment without Landlord's prior written consent."

Is temporary flooring -- flooring that can easily be removed when I leave -- considered a change, alteration or improvement?

This is so annoying. A friend of mine in the building is putting in the same kind of wood floor as I write this. He's getting away with it because he never mentioned it to the Super. I did, which has turned out to be a big mistake.

Thanks again for the advice.

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