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Re: No gas; no cooking....

Posted by Julian Henkin on September 17, 1996 at 18:54:36:

In Reply to: Re: No gas; no cooking.... posted by TenantNet on September 13, 1996 at 10:52:01:

: : My friend Niki has an apartment which has had no gas (used by the stove) for two months. It is unclear at this point whether the problem is caused by ConEd or the apartment landlord. I believe the problem was due to a leak in the gas pipes in one of the many rented units. This created a requirement to do work on the pipes requiring a total cutoff to all units. Is there any recourse regarding rent, due to the inconvenience and added cost of eating out?

: Call ConEd to finnd out exactly what is the problem. It is the landlord's
: responsibility to provide safe equipment (including all gas pipes) past
: the point where Con Ed enters the building. In many cases the landlord
: dallies and tells tenants it is a ConEd problem. Don't believe it. Just
: like any maintenance problem, you have the option of withholdinng rent
: or taking a HP action when the LL delays. Find out the facts first from Con Ed.

Thank you for the reply. This introduces another question...What is a reasonable amount to withold? Can all rent be reasonably witheld? Is there a typical amount for an omission of service such as this? Can a witholding be retroactive to when the problem commenced?

Julian Henkin

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