Posted by Jake on October 15, 2000 at 14:55:03:
In Reply to: Landlord harassment? posted by Susan on October 15, 2000 at 12:01:57:
I wonder what he will use the backyard for? Did you ask him? If he's not allowing you to use a public place he in my opinion is discriminating against you and the other tenants. I'm the son of a landlord, and my mother had a backyard and we allowed the tenants to use it. What else is a backyard for?
In Plessy vs. Ferguson the law made discrimination legal by not allowing people to ride a train that had a different color skin, or to go into public places. That law was overturned by the Supreme Court in Brown vs. the Board of Education and other cases.
I would file a DHCR complaint. I am not a lawyer you should ask them about what to do.
That's why I'm voting for Gore he will not appoint a Supreme court justice whom would in a New York minute make discrimination legal again like in the Plessy case back in the 1890's. If bush gets in they will create a law saying corporations can tell us not to have homes in this country anymore and that we should all move to Katmandu.
: I am a rent controlled tenant in Manhattan apt - have lived here 31 years.Someone new bought the building in July of this year. He offered me money to vacate which I refused and then said that I(and presumably the other tenants) could no longer use the backyard which we have had access to for the entire time I have lived here, except to put out garbage & recyclables because his insurance wouldn't cover any liability. I offered to sign a statement absolving him of any potential liability which he accepted. A few weeks ago, his lawyer sent me a letter that they had reconsidered & that use was restricted under pain of legal action. I received from quick legal advice which basically said that he really couldn't just withdraw what had been an existing building service & so wrote back. I have now received a 2nd letter threatening a holdover proceeding. He is warehousing 2 empty apartments & has offered money to at least 1 other tenant & has also neglected to send that rent stabilized tenant a renewal lease even tho he has increased her rent. Has anybody gone thu anything like like? Know anything about use of backyards, courtyards etc? I feel this guy is trying to force me out.
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