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Re: rewiring the building

Posted by TenantNet on January 09, 1999 at 15:37:59:

In Reply to: rewiring the building posted by jennifer on January 05, 1999 at 09:55:12:

: Now my landlord says that there is nothing to be done about the state of
: the wiring--even though he admits that most of it is from 1927-1933! He
: says that there is no inspection planned for the building--that the wiring
: can't be inspected since it's in the walls. That may be true, but then
: what exactly does the Electrical Control Bureau do?
: My landlord says that the only solution to this problem is if all the tenants
: agree to have the building rewired. He says that is a capital improvement
: and all our rents would go up 1/40. Is this really an "improvement"??? I
: think it's more of a neccessity! Which do you all think it is??
: This is a 10-unit converted pre-war brownstone in Manhattan. It is rent
: stabilized.

Get your local politicians to pressure DOB to do an inspection (as much as they
can). I think a MCI for rewiring on a building-wide basis) would be 1/72
of the cost, not 1/40 (hwhich is applicable to individual apartment

It seems as if the LL is making an attempt to make repairs, so don't
jump all over him yet (bit on the other hand don't compromise
your own safety).

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