Posted by isaac on December 30, 1998 at 12:26:13:
In Reply to: Re: want tub reglazed posted by DK on December 29, 1998 at 18:42:14:
: Going to DHCR and filing for rent-reduction is a waste of time: 1) it will take years for DHCR to act 2) DHCR will most likely consider this a "deminimis" case, thus not worthy of a reduction in rent.
(The Deminimis" rule was instituted by DHCR Deputy Commissioner Roldan in October, 1995, via a memo to his staff. The memo contains a long list of reductions in services that should now be considered minimal, to be ignored, and thus not worthy of a rent reduction. Thus, by the stroke of his pen, Mr. Roldan effectively short-circuited DHCR's own rules and regulations concerning cutbacks in services.)
It seems that your landlord would want you to officially request a new bathtub, as this would allow him to pass on the (probably inflated) costs to you, raising your base monthly rent by 1/40th of the costs. This raise would be forever, even after the full costs are paid up.
In my opinion, you should, on your own and quietly, fix or replace the bathtub. Just don't tell the landlord.
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