Posted by alice on December 04, 1999 at 23:47:10:
In Reply to: if I withhold rent, am I required to put the rent money in an escrow account? How do I get one? posted by A on December 01, 1999 at 16:21:05:
: if I withhold rent, am I required to put the rent money in an escrow account? How do I get an escrow acct?
: I live in a non-rent-regulated bldg in NYC w/ written lease and am not paying rent because I have no heat.
to answer your question, read your lease. there is no law which requires you to put the rent money in escrow. there is also no law which gives you the right to withhold rent for lack of heat. you might get sued: read about it here on the Housing Court section.
ps: how to do escrow? just go to the bank, open a new account. if you don't hve the rent money when your landlord sues you and wins most of it (which he will: the judge won't even give you a whole days' rent for total lack of heat for the day), you can get evicted in 5 days.
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