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Extra Rent Security AND Damage Insurance

Posted by Al Gordon on June 17, 1998 at 15:38:09:

JUN 17, 1998
I need help with 2 topics if anyone can shead some light.
I am a permenant tenant in an SRO in Brooklyn.
1ST. 1-1-1 The landlord has traditionally charged a 2-week security deposit
upon many tenants' moving into the building. He has posted a notice recently
stating that tenants who fall behind in rent payments (regardless of the
reason) will be charged an additional 2-weeks security to bring the total
of their security-deposit to one month which is the maximum that he is
allowed by law as the statement claims. Is such an action permissable?
2ND. 2-2-2 If my personal property (stereo, CD's, furniture, etc.) are
damaged in a building disaster such as a flood, fire, collapse) must
I be compensated by the landlord? Is he required to have insurance
for this? Furthermore, if known, would he be liable for my legal
expenses of trying to collect such compensation if necessary?
THANKS for any help on this. DHCR didn't seem to have answers upon a call.

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