Posted by Israel on December 16, 1998 at 20:46:25:
In Reply to: loss of electricity and sparks flying posted by suzanne novak on December 15, 1998 at 11:35:59:
Call 212-960-4800 and file a complaint. Your landlord will receive a phone call and mailed a printed original of the complaint. You will receive a pink copy of your complaint in the mail also.
This starts the process for housing inspections. A housing inspector will inspect within three days, provide access for the inspector. Continue to call this number as often as you like (until they fix the problem), and include any and all violations you see fit cause the inspector will only inspect what you complained about. Look at the entire building it would not hurt. Neglected common areas are a hazard too.
If all is well then leave it be.
If not... Withhold rent and start an HP Action. This site has the information for you. Remember only a Judge can order the landlord to make repairs and fine them.
: I just moved into my apartment 2 weeks ago. on friday afternoon the electricity went off in 1/2 of the apt (including the bathroom), and sparks flew when we tried to turn the lights on. sparks also flew from the uncovered fuse box when we attempted to get the electricity to work. the super notified the landlord, who said that he would call his electrical contractor to come on monday. our electricity finally came on on sunday, and no contractor came yesterday (monday). i just spoke to the jerk landlord who said that he has a call in to the contractor, and will "let us know" when someone can come take a look. what are my rights? i think our apt wiring is very messed up and dangerous (i.e. exposed outlet/wiring). can i call an inspector and/or electrician and deduct it from my rent? can i deduct rent for the two days without electricity because my landlord knew about it and did nothing b/c he probably didn't want to pay a weekend electrician rate? thanks for any advice.
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