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Re: Rent Abatement on Unpaid Rent

Posted by louis on July 17, 2000 at 17:04:23:

In Reply to: Re: Rent Abatement on Unpaid Rent posted by EGH on July 13, 2000 at 15:34:22:

But this person's conditions are so awful that I'll be he/she has a claim for breach of warranty of habilitability.
Maybe some lawyer can address this subject (and also my question under the subject "Victory--now What"!!!!!!)

: If you continue to withhold your rent, the landlord eventually
: will sue you in housing court. If you can document the conditions
: in your apartment well, you should be able to ask for a rent
: abatement in court for the lack of services in your apartment.
: Meanwhile, call HPD at 960-4800 to report your complaints and
: ask for an inspection. Written violations of record will help in
: court.

: : To make a long story short, I moved into a NYC rent-regulated apartment 10/99 and have not paid rent since 1/00 due to such problems as mice infestation, water leaks and damage, no heat/hot water, non-working light fixtures in the kicthen and bathroom, etc. After repeated calls and letters to management and several housing inspections, I sent a certified letter to my landlord notifying them that I would not pay rent until the problems were corrected. I would like the problems fixed, but moreso, I do not want to pay full rent for the months that I had to endure seeing mice running across my bed, in my kitchen sink, and coming out of my backpack on the subway. Any advice? My landlord has made no attempts to collect the months of back rent.

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