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NYC heat & electricity --- please help...

Posted by dave on April 19, 1998 at 04:37:19:

Okay, here's the scoop:

I'm in a semi-lux condo renting directly from the owner. The building has no central heating plant, but each apt has its own electric heating units. Hot water is, of course, provided. We're not talking about $5000 a month Trump Tower deal here... it's $1550 for a small one bedroom apt.

The problem is this: During the winter months my power bill jumps from $60/mo to anywhere from $180-$280 a month. My bill in February was $286. I've read the FAQs and the law for New York, and I saw the clause relating to electric heaters, but since there isn't any central heat in the building, isn't the LL required to cover the extra expense for heating the apartment? It's not like I'm running the heat all the time. The super told me the power bills were so high because the filters were dirty. Isn't that a maintenance responsibility of the owner?

So my questions are:

1. Am I responsible for heating my own apartment since I have electric heaters instead of central heat?


2. Is my LL responsible for the higher power bills due to the heaters not being maintained regularly?

Thanks for your help.


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