Posted by Anna on December 27, 1999 at 23:22:29:
In Reply to: Repair bills passed on to tenants posted by Alice on December 20, 1999 at 23:50:54:
: I heard there is a landlord renting in Astoria, NY who is asking his tenants to pay thousands of dollars to him to finance his repairs on his buildings. One of my relatives lives in one of his buildings and she has been paying him. How can this be legal? Are there any ways she can find out what to do? Thanks. Alice
Full cost of repairs are never passed on to rent controlled/stabilized tenants, but 1/40th can sometimes be added to the rent if the tenant agrees. Read the fact sheet on this (this website, RGB's website, DHCR's website).
The Housing Maontenance Code (city) and the Multiple Dwelling Law (state) and the Fire Code, Health Code, etc., require the landlord to provide a lot of minimum maintenance (that means he pays for it). Read about basic tenant rights on TenantNet Home.
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