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Re: rent reduction due to wtc/power outage

Posted by Provost on October 22, 2001 at 19:02:07:

In Reply to: rent reduction due to wtc/power outage posted by South Seaport resident on October 22, 2001 at 09:27:58:

Why was the power and phone out - was this something the landlord did, or were the service providers (Con Edison and Verizon, respectively) unable to provide service due to the attack ?

Sure you can take this to court if you want, but a judge might not look kindly on your using the Sept. 11 tragedy in an attempt to get free rent. Legal fees & time would costly.

Why don't you just call the ConEd and Verizon and have them give you a credit on your bill for the period of no service?

: Hi. My building was out of power for a week/phone service for a month after the wtc disaster; I've talked to some of the other tenants regarding organizing because our landlord has denied us rent reduction. I read some posts from September with links to the ABA and Battery Park orgs. but none listed specifics about buildings that weren't more seriously damaged. Has anyone else received successful rent reduction, and if so could you please list the steps you took?

: We are considering sending a certified letter noting the Fire and Casualty clause of our standard lease as reason for rent reduction, if the landlord doesn't respond to that would our next step have to be Housing Court? Thanks.

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