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Re: Can one still ask for a rent abatement?

Posted by Wendy on February 27, 2001 at 19:24:39:

In Reply to: Re: Can one still ask for a rent abatement? posted by Renee on February 27, 2001 at 04:55:42:

Thanks Renee-
I know that asking for a rent abatement might not get the repairs, but the fact is several years ago we did have an inspector here regarding the peeling paint, and the radiators so the landlord quickly made shabby repairs. I don't know why I put up with it so long, plus in the last 2 years the lack of repairs has become more evident and the results more obvious. Incidentally I do use combat, but it is very expensive, and in a building this size it really doesn't do much when the bugs are out of control. So if I can't get the proper repairs I really want to pay a little less rent while I try to get out. The rent is over $800, making it difficult to save for a move. (I know in NYC this is not a particularly high rent, but try doing it on a civil service salary)

: Wow!

: Youc can ask for a rent abatement, but what did it get you asking for maintenance and repairs? Nothing? That sounds like thats the same thing you will get from this LL to that request too. He obviously does not care. Get the authorities involved and they will make him care.

: I can't believe you have accepted this for so long. Tom is right about the Combat. Use that to protect your own space until the whole building gets taken care of, but have to tell you - just one dirty person in a building can ruin it for everyone else. Your place can be as clean as a pin, but once those varmints are in a building it takes everyone working together to get rid of them. The leaking ceiling is a health hazard and the radiators are dangerous. You have put up with this much longer than I would have. Document document document and then Report.

: Unfortunately, a leopard does not change his spots - so even after all things are taken care of - you will need to keep after him to repair things as they occur. Things always break down (its a rule of life), but that doesn't mean they have to stay broken forever. I still think you will never get satisfaction from this guy. This will buy you some time, but keep your eyes and ears open for a new apartment that you can afford in the area you want. You will have problems with him for as long as you remain there.

: I'm a landlord, too, but this guy gives all of us a bad name. He operates like this because he has been allowed to for too long by the complacency of his tenants. He owes you a habitable place with working appliances. Its not like you're asking him for a jacuzzi spa, you want your fridge repaired or replaced. This is a necessity of life. You go, girl!!!!

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