Posted by South Seaport Resident on October 22, 2001 at 19:42:39:
In Reply to: Re: rent reduction due to wtc/power outage posted by Provost on October 22, 2001 at 19:02:07:
They were out due to the attack. I know of course that this wasn't the landlord's fault but was told by FEMA that he will most likely be filing for assistance with the govt. or his insurance company and he should be passing part of any reduction he receives on to the tenants.
We did receive credit from ConEd and Verizon, but still ended up staying elsewhere for the week after the attack due to the outages and problems getting in and out of the area (even with proper i.d., on foot). I know this is very minor compared to others effected by the tragedy, but we also feel we have a right to what the law states according to the Fire and Casualty section of the lease, that there should have been an immediate rent reduction. We'd rather not have to take the time and pay legal fees but our landlord has already told those who asked that there would be no reduction. If he's filing for Federal aid or an insurance claim, I don't believe it would be "free rent"; as tenants I would guess we bore the brunt of the inconvenience.
: Why was the power and phone out - was this something the landlord did, or were the service providers (Con Edison and Verizon, respectively) unable to provide service due to the attack ?
: Sure you can take this to court if you want, but a judge might not look kindly on your using the Sept. 11 tragedy in an attempt to get free rent. Legal fees & time would costly.
: Why don't you just call the ConEd and Verizon and have them give you a credit on your bill for the period of no service?
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