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To Withold rent or not?

Posted by snorkel on July 23, 2001 at 12:30:41:

I live in a RS apt in Manhattan. LL is blatantly overcharging me by $1,000. DHCR rental history proves this. (This LL had been found guilty before and received press for being dirty, too.) Anyway, personal negotiations with LL have gone nowhere. I've consulted an attorney but can't really afford to maintain his services.

My question(s) is this: Should I continue paying the rent that is on the lease until I can afford to take him to supreme court with an attorney? Should I withold rent and let him take me to court and then counter sue for treble damages? OR, should I pay him the rent that I've calculated to be fair according to the law? I'm pretty confused about the whole process and I'd like to resolve it asap. Also, if it is such a blatant case, would it really be too dificult to represent myself in court?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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