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Re: Broken pipes, mice and an unresponsive NYC landlord

Posted by Anna on February 25, 1999 at 11:15:21:

In Reply to: Re: Broken pipes, mice and an unresponsive NYC landlord posted by satori on February 24, 1999 at 22:23:36:

OK: renting from coop-sponsor or other holder of unsold shares; lease ends 6/30; moving out-of-state (more than 100 miles?) mid-May; mouse holes & plumbing finally fixed (really? a Licensed Plumber this time?).

My suggestions: Keep the ball in your court:

Send them a registered return-receipt letter with all the details, including action you will take if they don't respond...etc: probably is a good sample here on or on

File a Small Claims action ASAP for $3000. Don't request a judge: use the mediator: your case might get heard before you leave town. see Small claims info on for starters.

Sue them for rent abatement for months of mice... (how & where: I'm not sure: read the Housing Court section on Coop subtenants are still TENANTS)

They might sue you for the Feb rent: it should be in Housing Court: get advice on your defenses & counterclaims before you file an answer; insist that the case get assigned to the special Coop-Condo Resolution Part: expect a quick settlement, if by then you have withheld more that your $3000.
If they do sue, or if you want them to: Don't pay any more rent: Feb & March will cover the $3000; how much security deposit do they have? don't expect them to send it to send after you move out-of-state. Search on 'security' or 'deposit' here on the message board for a better idea of what to expect.

Another consideration : letting them sue you might affect your credit rating & future rental references.

Of course: read as much as you can first then contact a Tenant Advocate or a lawyer thru the New York State Bar Assoc $25.00 referral service.

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