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Smoke detectors and jury trial rights

Posted by DAmadeus on December 26, 2001 at 19:08:51:

OK. Here's a good one for you all. I just signed a lease for a stabilized apartment. There were two clauses in the lease that sent up big red flags for me. 1). By signing my lease, I give up the right to a jury trial in the event of a landlord-tenant dispute; 2). I have to give the landlord 10 bucks for an already-installed smoke detector to "cover the cost of putting a new battery in." I told the landlord that I would be happy to replace the battery in the smoke detector and they told me that I would still have to pay the 10 bucks unless the super wrote a note saying that the battery is still good. Now, the question: Can they do this? I believe that one cannot sign away the right to a jury trial no matter what. Also, isn't the landlord responsible for the cost of the smoke detector? Thank you.


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