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Oil fumes/smell in apt and hall

Posted by Tim on August 14, 2001 at 23:08:09:


Queens (NYC) - 6-unit apartment building (built in early 1900s) - no lease

Landlord keeps boiler room door open 24/7 (says it's good for boiler).
Oil fumes are present in hall.

In my apartment (3rd Floor), oil *fumes* are sometimes present.
*By the radiators* (especially the one directly above the oil tank), a *smell* of oil is present.
These conditions are worse in the winter, but exist throughout the year.

I have advised the landlord of this and am told that I am imagining things. At one point in time, he said there might be a smell of oil that rises on the outside of the building from the boiler room and comes into my apartment via the open windows. After keeping my windows closed on that particular side of the building, the conditions I have described above still exist.

Advice on what to do, who to contact (including air testing companies/agencies) is greatly appreciated.

Thanks very much for any and all info.

My best regards to all,

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