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Is this legal? If so, what can I do?

Postby rossie » Tue Jun 18, 2002 9:17 am

About a year ago, my landlord shut off the cooking gas to the entire building for two months. (There was a problem with the pipes.) Naturally, I asked for a rent abatement, and when he didn't give one, I stopped paying rent and was sued for nonpayment. The case was settled in my favor, the matter was ended, and my landlord has even offered to give me a positive reference if I want. The problem is that the nonpayment shows up on my credit report, and brokers refuse to consider my applications, even though I haven't had any problems since then, the courts found my case to be valid, and my landlord has offered a positive reference. Is this legal? Is this a common practice among brokers? Is there anything I can do? How long will this stay on my credit report, anyway? Thanks.
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Re: Is this legal? If so, what can I do?

Postby Brooklyn Babe » Wed Jun 19, 2002 9:03 am

Same thing just happened to me, check out my previous post on the subject.
In addition to getting the court print screen (it shows how it was settled), maybe you can show all your rent receipts and also a copy of the stipulation agreement when applying for an apt. With those documents on hand I was able to get my apt.
By the way, shortly after the check was run I received a letter from the reporting bureau explaining that it provided public info. to a company, and that I could submit an explaination that will also show up on my report.
Best of Luck!
The above information is from a non-attorney tenant activist and is not considered or to be used as legal advice.
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