Posted by Ace on May 31, 2001 at 13:24:45:
In Reply to: Can I get a credit for no bathroom posted by Grace on May 30, 2001 at 19:32:29:
Grace, where are you located? If you're in New York City and your apartment is rent stabilized, you can call DHCR about filing a reduction of services (you can also ask them if your apartment is rent stabilized or not if you live in New York City and are not sure of apt. status) -- but only AFTER you send a certified letter (better yet, fed ex the letter for signature upon receipt) direct to the LL in a short polite letter asking about the credit reduction and why (the renovation and dates bathroom was out of order). Keep a copy of what you send to LL for your files and put in a safe place, like a bank safety deposit box, along with a copy of your lease.
If you don't hear from the LL after 10 days, then call DHCR and file. Again, I'm not sure if you're located in New York City so you'll need to provide more info. Also, check your lease to see if there's anything that can help you in this situation.
: My question is:
: Can I receive a credit on my rent for having NO bathroom facilities for 6 days?
: The situation:
: The landlord is renovating all the plumbing (re-doing bathrooms)in the building.
: They completely gutted my bathroom on Friday 5/18/01 - so I had no bathroom facilities that day.
: In the afternoon, when they finished work for the day, they put the toilet and tub (no sink) back.
: However, that night there was a leak in the 3rd floor apt and since she was out of town (and would not return, it turned out)
: until the following Wed 5/23, they had to shut the water off in the entire line.
: So our entire line was without toilet, sink, or tub for that whole time.
: The plumbers came in again and worked on my apartment on Thurs 5/24 and so I had no bathroom facilities again for that day.
: I contacted the landlord's maintenance department 2x during this period and told them I wanted a credit on my rent for this.
: They did not give me an answer -- saying they would speak to their boss about it.
: Is there a standard amount that a tenant can deduct if they have no bathroom facilities available to them?
: Your help is appreciated. Thanks,
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