Posted by Kerry on February 23, 2000 at 17:34:10:
In Reply to: No gas! posted by Taryn on February 23, 2000 at 16:42:21:
No, unfortunately. Stuff does happen. And also unfortunately Con Edison are like Nazi. This is why the landlord is unhappy. After their inspection it may end up costing your landlord thousands of dollars.
If the landlord is working with Con Ed to fix the problem, and the landlord has only one option to work with Con Ed, then you can't even withhold rent for non service. Believe me the landlord is as inconvenienced as you are. But because of this cities archaic infrastructure housing courts are sympathetic to needed repairs.
The reason he/she would have liked you to call them instead, is they could have called a plumber and had it repaired. NOW Con Ed will require a city inspection and a separate Con Ed inspection and the entire building will have to be pressure tested. It takes time, if you want to be mad it should be directed at Con Edison. They are bureaucracy at its worst, convoluted lovers of red tape, by calling them you literally opened a can of worms.
If you decide not to pay your rent or any part of your rent you should put your rent into an escrow account. Be careful it is standard practice for landlords to file nonpayment evictions as a standard practice in such occasions and they often win. The best advice is pay your rent and go about getting compensation by getting a reduction of services through filing a complaint through DHCR. However it is most likely the repair will be made within the month and even the reduction won't be successful.
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