Posted by Mark Smith on August 27, 1999 at 12:23:01:
In Reply to: leaky roof posted by Dawn on August 27, 1999 at 11:30:56:
Read a previous thread this month about a broken refrigerator. You would probably be better off going to small claims court.
You would have a better chance of getting reimbursed if you had made your complaint, in writing, to the landlord (with a certificate of mailing and/or by certified mail, return receipt requested). You could have phoned in a complaint to H.P.D. at (212) 960-4800. And if the apartment is rent regulated, you could have filed a complaint with D.H.C.R.
Without evidence that the landlord had actual notice of a defective roof, you may have trouble proving your case in court. Of course, the landlord might be willing to reimburse you for your loss, but I wouldn't bet on it.
: I live on the top floor of a 5 story building.
: The light fixture in my bedroom leaks water during heavy rain storms/
: snow storms. I told my landlord about this problem back in January and
: assumed he had fixed it. With yesterdays downpour here in NYC, it leaked again.
: Unfortunately I was at work and when I came home I found a
: ruined mattress and box spring. Can I deduct the cost of the mattress
: from my rent?
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