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Re: Lawsuits

Posted by TenantNet on December 17, 1996 at 15:32:55:

In Reply to: Lawsuits posted by Patricia on December 17, 1996 at 03:10:51:

: Has anyone ever been distressed or threatened by their landlord to the point
: where they think they have a just case for loss of wages due to hardships
: imposed by the landlord????

You're talking about harassment. In New York, despite there being a
harassment provision in the Rent Stabilization Code, it's rarely (if
ever) enforced. In court it's also difficult to prove as the emphasis
and burden is improperly on the tenant -- to prove that you have been subject to
"intentional infliction of emotional distress" and that can involve
psychological examination of the tenant and examination of the landlord's
motive -- instead of doing the obvious -- looking at the actions of
the landlord.

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