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Rent reduction for blocking of windows due to construction?

Posted by Nick on May 16, 2001 at 15:28:01:

My building just got bought and the new landlord just took over.

Now, as I was negotiating the new lease the LL said that she wanted to do some renovations on the facade. I asked how long that would take and she said 5-6 weeks. Fine.

I have now found out that the scaffolding is going to be up for 6 MONTHS, not 6 weeks. Ouch! I live on the second floor and I cannot even see the street as the deck-like platform has high walls and is effectively blocking the view of the entire front section of the apartment.

Is there any precedent for successfully requesting a rent reduction based on the fact that the apartment (and my quality of life) has lost much of its value (and view)for what is effectively half the lease term? Did I mention the rent was also raised $700 per month! Nope, not rent stabilized....


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