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Re: Clinton Hill too now too gentrified for this family of 4 -- HELP!

Posted by dave on February 28, 2001 at 16:01:39:

In Reply to: Clinton Hill too now too gentrified for this family of 4 -- HELP! posted by a mom on February 28, 2001 at 14:38:47:

You should used birth control and saved your money.

Sorry, you know how bad the rental market is, yet you chose to increase your family size, while NOT living in a rent stabilized apartment.....and then you fixed up the landlord apartment withou his consent.... that was a very very foolish thing to do since that money is GONE!

SO..its Time to sell everything you own on raise some cash and move.

: I don't know what to do. I've been in my apartment for 2 years, my lease is up on April 30 and guess what -- I just received a huge rent increase (35%) that we really can't afford. I just had a baby, and I have another son; moving out just isn't financially feasible at this time. I would have to move to a very bad area in order to afford something, and as a professional with 2 small children, i'm not willing to do that. My apartment is falling apart, due to my landlord's negligence. I've put in at least a thousand dollars or more into repairs, refurbishments, on this apartment. I've put up with 2 winters of shoddy heat, leaky roofs and pipes, rotten wood floors, missing bathroom tiles, holes in the walls and ceilings, exposed wiring, a chipping facade, broken stairs, and now i feel like i'm being stabbed in the back. I've continously asked him to make these repairs and he lies, tells me he'll come by "this week" and of course never shows up. I've had the roof waterproofed myself ($400) at absolutely no cost to him, and now he's basically trying to drive me out of my apartment, he even had a real estate agent come look at it! I've always paid my rent early, kept the place very clean, even maintained the outside of the house (brownstone), including the sidewalk. Now my landlord isn't even returning my calls. I am not paying low rent either, I'm paying over $1000 for a 1-bedroom in a marginal neighborhood, so it's not like I have a steal. Should I call inspectors (although I am fearful the building might be condemned)? Can I try to lower the rent increase in court due to the building's condition? What should I do? We're very scared and really have no where to go!

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