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Re: need ur sage advice re: deadbeat landlord

Posted by me on October 07, 2001 at 16:53:00:

In Reply to: need ur sage advice re: deadbeat landlord posted by kaybear on October 06, 2001 at 23:48:03:

I agree with what was previously posted, and can confirm -- from my own sorry experience -- that it is very difficult to get landlords to act against unruly tenants. Document everything, keep a diary of incidents, write certified letters, but ultimately there is very little you can do about it.
The landlord has already responded to some of your complaints, so he or she seems reasonable. Even so, dont expect anything.
Call the authorities -- health dept. I would think -- to complain about the garbage out of windows. That can draw rats. Very serious.

hi there,
: I moved into a rent-stabilized apt in Bklyn, NY about 5 months ago. since then, i've had numerous unpleasant surprises re: the quality of the apt and the bldg. I was made to believe the bldg was a good one and since I've moved in I've been harassed by a crackhead neighbor down the hall, an alcoholic 'superintendent' whose barely sober enough to keep the bldg clean, a chinese restaurant two doors down that pumps its kitchen exhaust directly facing my kitchen (prompting me to buy a/c and air purifying devices to combat the rancid odor), upstairs tenants with two small children who are constantly jumping, stomping, running and making noise when their parents are pumping music as loud as possible from (no exaggeration) sunup to sundown, upstairs neighbors who throw trash (used cooking grease, used underwear, used q-tips, just to name some examples) out of their window which lands on my windows (I'm on the first floor) or on to the deck outside my windows which I then have to clean up. I've made some complaints to the managment and landowner. but, my complaints have been met with broken, unfufilled promises to deal with the issues. the last time I spoke to the landlord was on the day that I found my gas service had been turned off. they had not informed when I signed my lease, and had not detailed in my lease that I was to pay for gas. When I brought it to her attention that my gas had been turned off, that I'd not received a single bill, and had not been informed of my responsibility to pay for gas, her response was in a nutshell 'what are you bothering me with this for, talk to managment, and if it's so bad we'll be happy to let you out of your lease.' that all said, my intention was never to try to find a way out of my lease, (I just moved, can't afford to again right now and don't feel like I should be forced to move simply because the landlord doesn't feel like being bothered with the issues plaguing their bldg.) I approached both the offending tenants, and the landlord/management in hope that these issues could be resolved somehow so that we could all be comfortable in our rented spaces. If it weren't for these annoyances, the apartment that, in and of itself, is pretty decent (spacious, relatively sunny, relatively affordable). I've dealt with the smell problem, the crackhead has been evicted and the alcoholic super is soon to follow. My main nuisances right now are with the tenants upstairs who cause much noise and throw their trash out their windows but I don't feel like the landlord and management are exactly willing to speak to the other tenants to reinforce the rules that say that tenants should not cause undue noise and disturbance to other tenants. And that's all I'm asking is that they exert some authority over the bldg and let all tenants now that such behavior isn't acceptable.
: I plan to talk to the management again, but I'm anticipating the same inaction I've received thus far from them. Should this be the case, is there anything else I can do to impress upon them that they need to deal with these issues. I pay my rent on time every single month and I don' t want to be forced to move right now.
: sorry for the length of the letter (and the parentheticals)
: thank you for taking the time to read this far, looking forward to getting your advice

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