Posted by artie on June 13, 2000 at 15:35:17:
I live in Brooklyn, NY. My building is a rent stabilized building with 8 units. The landlord has transformed the basement into an apartment or some kind of living quarters because he used to live down there, and now the super of the building lives there. No one can gain access to the basement. We tenants cannot store anything down there because noone has a key. When Brookly Union or Con-Ed comes they cannot gain access, therefore the tenants get an ESTIMATED bill that all of a sudden doubles or triples when the utility companies finally do get the actual readings. This at times has caused me to fall behind on my bills, including the rent. I have to pay on the bills because of turn-off notices and such. Are we as tenants not obligated to have the basement to use as storage space. And is it legal for the landlord to transform the basement into a apartment, thus making it a nine unit building???? Can anyone help?
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