Posted by Peter in Manhattan on March 22, 2000 at 08:38:05:
I live in an old apartment building (there are 16 units) in Manhattan and i frequently encounter
electrical outages. Neither the landlord nor the super live on the premises (the super is supposed to
be available by pager, but this is highly
unreliable), so I'm often stuck for 12 hours or more without electricity because the breaker switch is in the
basement, which is locked, of course.
There's also an upstairs neighbor with a questionable plumbing contraption that drips through my ceiling. I've
complained about all of this and written letters to the landlord, but none of it has been resolved.
What can I do? Are there laws that state how long a landlord has to restore electricity, or that a super must be
available or live on the premises? How long must I live with this drip in the ceiling before I can force the landlord
to do something about it? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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