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Gas & Hot Water Heater

Posted by Chris on July 16, 1998 at 09:48:26:

My dilemma is as follows...

1. I rent one of three (3) apartments in a private house.
$900 a month for my apartment. The landlord stated that he paid for heat.
The hot water, electric etc., was problem.
(when I moved in the landlord rolled the gas account over to my name
from the previous tenants, I thought that this was nice of him.
As long as there was a Zero (0) balance, No problem). After a year
or so I noticed that the gas bill was getting higher. When I contacted
the Gas Company they said that the Gas Dryer and water heater as well
as my stove was apart of the bill. So when I went to basement to look
into the matter I noticed that their was only one water heater.
I had asked the landlord where are the water heaters for the other
two apartments...he tap danced around the issue and pointed to the
regular heaters(boilers) that provide heat. I believe I have
been paying for Hot water for the other two apartments for over 4 yrs.
You see he and his father had put in the pluming into this house before
I moved in. My question is, what recourse do I have? Can I take him
to Court for 2/3 s of the gas bill for my entire stay in this apartment?

2. I had considered hiring a independent Pluming contractor to
evaluate the pluming and hot water of this household and have his findings
notarized for presentation for court. As well as photographs.

3. The landlord also notified me that he used (Spent)
the security deposit and never put it into a bank in an interest bearing
account. Isn't this against the law?

4. Also, are Renters Permits required in the state of New York
and if so how can I find out if my landlord has one. If he doesn't,...
shouldn't he be claiming all this rent monies to the IRS as personal

The Last Straw...

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