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Re: painting

Posted by TenantNet on August 07, 1996 at 14:01:06:

In Reply to: painting posted by erika pramberger on August 07, 1996 at 11:35:54:

: Is a landlord responible for painting you apartment after a certain amount of time? I've read through my lease agreement and can't seem to find anything? Help!

If you're in New York, the Housing Maintenance Code (See Art. 12 online) requires
the owner to paint the apartment every three years (or sooner if
it needs it). If you're Rent Controlled, in certain rare circumstances,
he might be able to raise your rent, but not for Rent Stabilized.
Check your lease, but chances are you can paint yourself to get
a better job (usually in light colors). Many owners hire crappy
painters. If you do paint yourself, you can negotiate to
have the owner reimburse you for the cost of the paint, but chances
are you won't get much -- just a decent job.

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