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rent abatement/reimbursement

Posted by shawn on September 24, 1998 at 00:22:39:

Here's a question: During July we lost hot water service in our New York City apartment for about 10 days due to a piping problem. Although it was hot in the city at that time, the water for 10 days was too cold for showering, and we were forced to shower at a friend's house, incurring some minor transportation costs and considerable inconvenience. Despite not having hot water for 10 days, we paid our July rent in full (on the 1st of the month before the hot water went out). Once hot water service was restored, we asked our landlord if we could deduct the transportation costs we incurred during the hot water outage from our next month's rent. He wrote back telling us that we could not because a)hot water is not necessary in the summer and b)our loss of hot water was not due to his negligence. Is there any way I can get the city to force him to reimburse us for our transportation costs? Is it even worth pursuing for such a petty sum of cash (approx. $50)? Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.

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