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Re: Landlord refuses to pay utilities bills

Posted by New York Tenant on June 26, 2001 at 22:43:04:

In Reply to: Landlord refuses to pay house bills posted by Tracey on June 26, 2001 at 21:39:44:

You and the other tenants can pay the electricity bill directly to Con Edison and deduct the payments from the rent. See Real Property Law (RPL) 235-a, Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law (RPAPL) 756, and Public Service Law 33, 34, and 116.

Con Edison doesn't supply water. If the city supplies water, they rarely make much of an effort to collect unpaid water and sewer charges, but the laws mentioned also cover water bills.

: I live in a subsidy, my lanlord owes money to Con-Ed. They are threatening to cut off the main electrical supply and water. I pay my own heat and gas, so my question is, If I get together with the other tenants(2) and we get the water and heat put in our names and pay for them, is the landlord entitled to rent as well? Should we pay for this and this is his house? We just rent,and he has'nt renewed anyones lease?

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