Posted by on December 19, 2000 at 16:03:11:
In Reply to: Landlord refuses to pay for repairs posted by Jason on December 19, 2000 at 15:15:08:
The landlord is supposed to have a registered managing agent named in the Multiple Dwelling Registration for every residential building in New York City.
Have you checked the Multiple Dwelling Registration at HPD? Who do you pay your rent to? Who is the mortgagee? You might be able to put pressure on the bank to do something.
Suing your landlord in small claims court doesn't sound too promising if he's in Malaysia. You could bring an HP proceeding in housing court, where you would name the landlord, the managing agent, if any, and HPD as respondents.
Or you could withhold your rent. If the landlord hasn't filed a proper Multiple Dwelling Registration, he may not be able to collect any rent (Section 325 of the Multiple Dwelling Law and Section 27-2097 et seq of the New York City Housing Maintenance Code).
: Our landlord refuses to reimburse the cost of repairs paid by us as tenants. The landlord lives in Malaysia and is unable to obtain repair service in an emergency, therefore we make the calls. On a Sunday night, we were forced to call an electrician who charged us $300. The landlord feels the cost is too much, and therefore will not pay. Further, he wants to void the lease. I haven't found anything that would exempt him from paying for the reasonable cost of repairs. Next step?
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