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Re: no gas!

Posted by dina on October 29, 1998 at 19:29:10:

In Reply to: no gas! posted by Chris on October 29, 1998 at 11:46:19:

: In September I moved in to an apartment which had
: just been converted from an old wharehouse to apartments.
: The day before i moved in (sept. 1) I recieved a call from
: my landlord that Brooklyn Union had not put the meters in yet
: and we should be getting gas within a week or so.
: Well one month went by and still no gas. Finally the landlord
: installed a temporary electric hot water heater into our aptment.
: But it is now 3 days until November and we still have no gas which
: means nos heat and no cooking for 2 full months. Does anyone
: know what rights i have for delaying my rent payment until
: I get gas and/or a rent reduction

: thancks for any help,
: chris

You can withhold the rent but you will end up in housing court. You will get the opportunity to present your case re: no gas. There is a good chance you will win.

I would suggest first calling HPD 212-960-4800 and file a complaint verbally. Because it is the heating season they probably will not send an inspector. You should call Division of Housing and Community Renewal 718-739-6400 and ask for an individual apartment complaint form. You need to follow the directions EXACTLY. You will need to send a letter to the landlord as part of the DHCR complaint so you may as well do this now. Send this letter certified and KEEP A COPY.

I would also suggest letting your landlord know that you are in the process of taking action against her due to the " no gas."

Hope this is helpful...

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