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do i fix a problem LL is responsible for in hopes i will be reimbursed later?

Posted by jane on June 20, 2001 at 15:56:49:

Brooklyn, NY
standard loft lease in a commercial building
i live there with landlord's permission

the lock to my unit is located in the elevator and broke 5 days ago. the super insists i broke it, although we both understand [to slightly different degrees] that it wore out from frequent use. he insists i must pay to have it fixed. i have not called management yet because when events like this have occured in the past[several], they say "you must do whatever the super says. i dont care if it is illegal and in violation of your lease. you can sue us later." and then they hang up. Seriously--exact words! my lease specifically states i am not responsible for the elevator. i am going to research and ultimatley fix this problem, hire a lawyer, go to small claims, etc,
but in the meantime,my question:

do i pay a locksmith to fix it NOW, acting as if i think it is what i should do and hope i will get reimbursed later thru whatever means i take? or should i wait and let my 6 roommates endure the inconvenience of taking the stairs, because the LLs might just fix it themselves or because it would seem better for my "case"?

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