Posted by TenantNet on June 04, 2001 at 00:12:18:
In Reply to: Re: Tear down the walls ? posted by Lilly on June 03, 2001 at 22:45:04:
Well most landlords have no idea what a retaining wall is, and I've seen several take sledgehammers to walls themselves without even checking. Chances are that a structural component won't come down that easy, but it's still not a good idea for many reasons. First, he owns the building, period. Second, there could be pipes or wiring going through. Third, you need permits. If that's not enough, the tenant's stabilized status depends on the integrity of the four walls of the existing units. DHCR practices is that when the exterior walls of a unit change, it's not considered the "same apartment" legally, it's a "new" apartment, and therefore deregulated. OK?
: Hello!! If he says it's a retaining wall it probably is. He doesn't need to give you that kind of excuse for not permitting you to take down the wall. I could think of a dozen better excuses. If you really want to do this, several things could happen: You could collapse part of the bldg (you'll be buried under tons of debris), you'll be evicted, and last but not least, you'll be sued by several parties.
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