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Landlord Harrassment?!

Posted by Elisabeth Dugan on November 18, 1996 at 14:58:16:

I moved into my rent-stabilized apt. in May under some precarious
circumstances; I sublet the apt. to a friend who lied to the landlord.
He found out and threatened to evict me for trespassing.
In July we worked the situation out and he attached a rider to the lease,
assigning the remainder of the lease and the security deposit to me.
The lease expires in May 1997.

Since July I have paid the rent within a week of the first every month.
This month, the landlord threw away my check because he didn't
recognize the envelope. I agreed to send a duplicate check
(for which I bear the expense of stopping the check, the new check,
the envelope and the postage);
now he's calling and demanding to know when I mailed it; why I don't return his calls immediately;
where I am when I don't answer my phone or my door (I travel a lot)
and threatening dispossession.
Whenever he likes, the landlord calls me and interrogates me or leaves nasty threatening messages on my
voicemail at home and at work.

I had a leak in my bathroom; when I called to inform him, he told me to
find the leak, clean up the mess and put a bucket under it, and
that he'd send the plumber. So far, no plumber.

Is this harrassment?

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