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Re: Landlord Harrassment?!

Posted by TenantNet on November 20, 1996 at 00:14:56:

In Reply to: Re: Landlord Harrassment?! posted by Elisabeth Dugan on November 19, 1996 at 12:32:56:

: Thanks for your response. I'm feeling intimidated and harrassed, and nervous
: about being home alone. After I posted my query, a friend turned me on to DHCR, which I
: called. The guy was helpful; I told him my story and he said it was definitely
: within the bounds of harrassment and sent me some forms to file a complaint.
: I also spoke with Eviction Intervention Services, and I have an appointment with
: a lawyer in their legal clinic.

Don't hold your breath for DHCR. You may have been lucky to catch a somewhat
sympathetic public information counselor, but the agency is definitely
run by landlord lovers and unless your landlord comes after you with a
pick-axe in front of TV cameras, you'll get no relief from DHCR. You may
get a conference where the owner has to show up and they slap his hands
with a kindergarten admonition. The harassment provisions ought to have
teeth, but the agency has consistently sought to undermine any effectiveness
they might have had. If, after a lengthy hearing, a landlord gets fined
all of $250, they often gladly pay it as a cost of doing business and
wantonly continue their intimidation campaigns. They know DHCR will ignore
the laws.

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