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After a fire, can I break the lease?

Posted by fd dodd on January 07, 2002 at 13:01:08:

I am nearing the end of my lease in a 7-story, pre-war tenament in NYC that caught fire recently. The fire caused major damage to the building on the floors above me and fortunately I escaped with only minor damage. I have heat, hot water and electricity but I have no way to cook, no phone and no cable (I do a lot of work at home and I need the Internet). The building is a wreck. It is dirty, unsecured and, I feel, very unsafe and I want out of my lease. Do I have any options under the Warranty of Habitability? What other advice do you have?

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