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Re: Right to Cover windows for winter?

Posted by Minty on December 05, 2001 at 02:57:31:

In Reply to: Right to Cover windows for winter? posted by K Jones on December 04, 2001 at 14:41:05:

I've found that the presence of new, sturdy windows in a dwelling is a good sign. How old are your windows?

Sounds like you are required to pay all heating costs. If this is the case, I would imagine it's the LL's responsibility to
maintain decent windows. In the NYC area, it's not uncommon to encounter wretched windows that don't quite seal at the
top, no matter how hard you push upward. I can honestly say I've lived in only one building that didn't require a trip to the
hardware store for weatherproofing materials. My solutions? Sealing foam, thick plastic, and duct tape. I've always placed it inside, but if it helps, place it outside also. Yes, it can be embarrassing, but comfort surpasses the "beauty" of the
neighborhood (sheesh!). In addition, you can gaze as the plastic stretches inward to full capacity on windy winter nights,
and be thankful the duct tape is so. If the LL is so concerned about appearance, he can weatherproof his own building,

: Today my landlord took the plastic off my windows and left it by my door. He told me that if I can't afford the heat then
move. I had put black plastic on the outside of my bedroom windows for insulation and to keep out the light because I
sleep during the day. Does he have the right to take down plastic on the outside of my windows. He did tell me to put it on
the inside, but it seems more efficient to block wind from the outside. Please email me with my rights in this situation, I
have mind to go back out and put it right back up. I do not feel I should be restricted from putting up plastic for the winter on
the outside, but does he have that right?

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