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Do I have to pay for new windows?

Posted by lc on January 29, 1997 at 17:24:36:

My windows are rotten due to a leak which took my landlord two months
to address and fix. They say I have to pay a rent increase to get new
windows. I canít access my fire escape since the windows are stuck shut
and the damage was caused because they ignored the repairs for so long.
These windows were in fine working condition when I signed the lease a
few months prior to the leak. They are not being replaced in the whole
building, it is not a major capital improvement. Do I really need to bear
the burden of a rent increase? Can I withhold my rent until the repairs
are made? I live in a rent stabilized building in Manhattan.

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