Posted by . on November 03, 1998 at 22:19:39:
In Reply to: Re: Chimney repairs posted by Mr. Pro Se on November 03, 1998 at 01:56:29:
Mr. Pro Se,
Don't give out misleading information. Not every landlord knows how to access the database and not every case in a Rent Stablized building is win-able simply because it's Rent Stabilized. There are thousands of buildings in New York City in need of repair due to neglect and your telling this person that they can get a rent reduction because of a bad chimney. Come on man. Think. HPD sends out inspectors for warranty of inhabitability issues not features.
: I am renting a rent stabilized brownstone studio apt. in Manhattan
: Those words are like music to my ears !!! ( RENT STABILIZED ) You have him by the " you know what department ". He must repair the chimney at his expense 100 %.
: This was a feature of the apartment and I am sure that he used the feature to sell you on the idea that this is a great place and it has a working fireplace to keep warm and make a great conversation piece etc etc etc.
: At the minimum you get a rent reduction for the loss of a service/fireplace.
: Tell him straight and nice to fix it like it was when you moved in period. If not you could hold rent and then tell the Part 18 Housing Court Judge but then you go in a database as being a tenant that went into court with a landlord and it's a bad place to be re: can't get an apartment again in NYC Rent Stab bldg if they check the database cuz you come up as a " bad tenant " in their eyes etc..so the better thing to do is to file for a rent reduction and you won't be databased there as a landlord/tenant case
: or go to small claims court and sue him for loss of the fireplace etc... no LT database in sc court.
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