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DHCR Rent Reductions (Failure to Maintain Service): How Long Are They In Effect For?

Posted by Al on September 02, 2001 at 16:31:17:

I obtained a DHCR rent reduction for my father's apartment (rent control) in 1987, in the amount of $44.00 per month for failure to maintain service:

1) No painting in apartment in 14 years
2) Defective windows
3) Defective front door
4) defective faucets
5) Peeling paint and plaster

My father never took off the $44.00 a month in rent, out of fear from the landlord. The order was NEVER revoked and never cancelled, I obtained certified copies from DHCR.

Can we still withhold payment? Can we pre date to 1987 and withhold that amount from the rent (over $7,000)? No services were ever fixed.

Thank you.

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