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Heat complaints /Landlord,"Take it or move out."

Posted by D.A. on December 07, 1996 at 17:03:59:

I have been living in this apartment in Queens for about a 6 months now.
The building has 4 dwelling units. The landlord lives on the first floor
and I live on the 3rd floor. I have no lease. I am on a month to month
rental basis.

I have been complaining to the Landlord for about a month now regarding my
apartment heat situation. Half the time he would turn up the heat and half
the time we would not do anything. He even told me that my thermometer not
accurate because it is not digital.

Today (12/7/96) its about 40`F and the room temp is at 63'F. He shows that
the thermostat is set at 73'F in their apartment. He said that he could raise
the temp further but that would increase his heating bills. He said that if
I find it too cold then I should just move out.

I may have to move out if this is the situation but its hard to find and move
to a new aparment during winter. I am afraid that he might retaliate and kick
me out (or perhaps raise my rent) if I file a complaint.

How do I protect myself from any landlord retaliation?

Andy advise would be appreciated.

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