Posted by Cary Kletter on September 01, 1996 at 10:39:33:
In Reply to: Flooding room posted by Crystal Larson on August 31, 1996 at 14:21:24:
The first questions that come to mind in this situation are: A) Where is the apartment ? B) How much is the rent ? and C) What is the total value of your personal property loss, if any ?
If the total monetary amount (rent and property loss) is less than three thousand dollars, and the apartment is in New York State, then small claims court would likely be the best route. If the monetary amount is between three thousnad and twenty five thousand dollars, then the best court to sue your landlord in would be the Civil Court (in New York City only). It would be very important to save any and all documentation regarding communications to your landlord about the flooding. Pictures would also be helpful if you have any. I recommend talking to a landlord/tenant lawyer. I am a lawyer and I represent tenants exclusively and only with regard to New York City apartments. If you wish to speak further about this, please call me at (212) 349-3000. (Himmelstein, McConnell and Gribben)
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