Posted by moma on September 18, 2000 at 18:49:29:
Hi. I live in a rent-stabilized NYC apartment and just re-signed my lease for one more year (I looked for another apartment but frankly the rents are out of this world). I just received a notice of an MCI increase of $40 per room and they count my apartment as three rooms.
My landlord is a sleaze. He increased rent from $345 to $995 and "faked" documentation (I am currently contesting this with DHCR). When we first moved to this apartment, we went 6 months w/o proper front door or intercom (we recieved a 50% rent abatement in court). He still has not supplied a super for the building as required by law.
I have a feeling that his MCI increase request is not completely accurate but I can't find too much info on how to fight it. All the dates of service he listed are within two years. And he listed repointing the brick, installing a new front door, new mailboxes and a new intercom.
Here are my questions:
what arguements can I use to fight him?
what constitutes a room? I have a bedroom, living room, bathroom and my kitchen is the hallway as you walk into the apartment. Only the living room and the bedroom have one window each?
can i file "reduction of rent due to reduction in services"? There is still no super as required by law and they still do not respond to service requests in a timely fashion?
Thanks for any help you can give me!
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