Posted by Ann on May 22, 2001 at 09:23:57:
I have rented in a pre-war coop building in Washington Heights since September 2000. I have a written lease until August 31, 2001. There has been one break in into my apartment and this weekend there was an attempted break in while I was home alone. The person tried to come in the front door. I haven't alerted the landlord yet because I am not sure what to say to him. He has been totally unresponsive to my previous concerns about the safety of the building. The front door to our apartment building is often not locked, something I noted Friday night when I came home - hours before the attempted break in. I no longer feel safe in the building and want to move as soon as possible. (When we were burglarized he told me that it must have been one of my friends and basically that it wasn't his problem. I had to buy a very expensive lock and agitate for over a week and half until he got me a metal door.) I have talked to our super and our landlord about this problem but the door has not been fixed since I moved in. Also, our mailbox will not lock and I often come home to find the mailbox door and thrown across the hallway. Again, I have spoken with the super and landlord several times and the problem has not been fixed. Finally, our hot water is sporadic at best. Most mornings I take a cold shower because we do not have hot water. Sometimes we go hours without hot water. The bottom line is that I don't feel safe in the apartment and I want to leave. What are my rights? How do I figure out how to go about breaking the lease?
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