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Re: No Water!

Posted by TenantNet on February 22, 1997 at 11:08:23:

In Reply to: No Water! posted by Mark Ralin on February 21, 1997 at 21:59:19:

: My parents live in a rent stablized apt. in a Co-Op building. They
: have had No Water for five days. They called everyone under the sun
: including ch.7 news. They came to the house and did an interview. someone
: called my parents house and said that the news truck was being vandalized.
: within hours the water came on. The next day the water was turned off
: again. The water tank on the roof had bricks and wood stuck in the pipe.
: they have been complaining about low water pressure for years. The
: landlord was working on the roof for three years or more with out a permit.
: My parents want to know if they are entitled to a reduction in rent for
: the five days they were without water. What recourse do they have?
: They don't have the means to hire an attorney to fight the landlord for
: three years.

And the bricks just happened to fall into the pipe... right. Yes, they
should be entitled to an abatement of rent for the time without water,
but you won't get it from DHCR which ignores the law. They would have
to withhold the rent (or a reasonable portion) and raise it as an issue Thanks, Mark Ralin
if they are taken to housing court. Make sure they can prove what
happened and that the owner knew about it and did nothing. It sounds as
if they have one of those break-a-law-a-day landlords. They should
consider joining or starting a tenants association to deal with these
problems on a collective basis.

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