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What's a "reduction in service"?

Posted by India Amos on September 12, 1998 at 20:04:03:

When I moved into my rent-stabilized Brooklyn apartment five years ago,
it had an ancient 36" stove of the typical cheap-o variety. Last fall,
that stove stopped working. It took the building management two months
to replace it, and when they did--although the superintendent had come
up to my apartment twice to examine the stove and make note of the model
number--what they delivered was a 24" stove (same crappy make, smaller

I thought this was ridiculous, yet when I demanded a stove that was the
same size as my original one, the building manager said is I wanted a "new"
stove the cost would be divided between my next forty months' rent

It seems to me that a 33% reduction in the size of my stove equals a
significant reduction in service. The bulding manager, however, obviously
believes that a stove is a stove is a stove. Do I have a legal leg to
stand on here, or am I just being a sissy?
India Amos

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