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Shared Meter? Landlord pays ALL

Posted by Maureen on March 07, 1999 at 11:34:51:

In Reply to: Re: Shared meter posted by satori again on March 02, 1999 at 17:29:40:

Hi! I live in a hole in Queens. A legal 2 family which has a family also living in the illegally converted cellar. The landlord has refused to give us a lease and we are far to poor to move right nwow but are saving for that glorious day. We found that we were paying for the cellar "apartment" for the past three years. We had no idea! We reported this to Con Edison who investigated it and found that the landlord had indeed put the cellar on our leter so we got to pay both "apartments" electricity. We got a letter from Con Edison which said that if a landlord has a shared meter for electricity they are responsible for paying ALL apartments electric bills. We were reimbursed some, but the other, larger part of what our landlord stole from us we are still waiting for. On top of this, the landlord raised the rent to 900 dollars a month. We have no recourse but to move. We asked about courts and laws and were told at the Housing Court that since we have no lease, the landlord can do whatever they want. they can ask us to leave at any time, raise our rent to 10, 000 dollars, ANYTHING.
How is it that this is allowed? This apartment is not woth 300 dollars for the decrepit condition it is in. It is infested with roaches, has windows that don't stay open, pipes that are rotting, doors that lierally have fallen OFF on us. The landlord even admitted the house is a "piece of ----" !!! How do they justify the 900 dollars a month? We have NOTHING here. We sometimes don't get heat or hot water, and the landlord has recently installed a very small water heater so we can't even fill our bathtub halfway before the water runs cold. We have tried combat to kill the roaches, we have practically no furniture left because it was destroyed by nests of roaches. The landlord lives downstairs and works. Her husband works. She has grown children who work. And she is on Medicaid and gets food stamps. What the hell is going on here?
How can ANYONE find thsi acceptable? When I called to comaplin that there were no window guards, I was told they could do nothing. When i tried to report the illegal cellar, I again got no result. NY landlords, NY "law" What A JOKE!

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