Posted by Mo on February 17, 2000 at 21:01:43:
In Reply to: Telephone lines posted by Jamie on February 10, 2000 at 17:41:18:
: We just recently moved in a new apartment in Chicago. The previous tenants (who abandoned the apartment) had done something to the telephone lines that left us with only one telephone jack ( our main line) working only in the dining room. The rest of the jacks aren't working at all. I've already called the telephone company and they said that the only thing that they can do is to rewire the lines. But we have to pay for the service, which is something we do not want to do since it is not our fault. Isn't it the landlord's responsibility to make sure that the main telephone line goes throughout the whole apt and to make sure that all jacks are working? Do we have to pay for this repair or is it the landlord's responsibility to pay for the rewiring and repairs for the telephone line?
The phone company is responsible for the phone lines up to the point where
they enter the building. From there it is kind of a gray area. I know someone
who was resently in the same situation and the landlord is paying for the
repairs. But here is a little tip. Bell Atlantic (I'm sure other phone
company's have similuar programs) have what is called Residential Service.
The cost is approx. $2 per month. If you have this service and your lines go
bad or you have a problem, whether you own the property or not, the phone company fixes any problems in your residence for FREE.
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