Posted by TenantNet on March 01, 1997 at 13:26:33:
In Reply to: Surprize! The walls are cracked and falling apart... posted by William on March 01, 1997 at 13:03:22:
: I've been living in my apartment with my paretnts since the mid 70's
and have now succeeded them.
: Back in the 70's my parents had both the bathroom and the kitchen done
up with wood pannelling. Now I've decided to get rid of all that
horrible wood and put everthing back to normal.
: Needless to say, after years of being covered up, the walls are cracked
and many of them are crumbling.
: Since my parents were the ones who panneled the walls in the first
place, and having kept them covered for years, no repairs were ever
done to them. Now after years of neglect, major work needs to be done.
: Now that the walls are exposed, who is obligated to pay for the restoration and repairs? My landlord or myself? When I've talked to the landlord, he says that he has no one available to do the work, but were I to hire my own labor, he would pay for the matierials.
: Am I being taken advantage of?
Look at it in perspective. A landlord (in NYC) is responsible to maintain the building.
Depending on how the wood panelling was applied (nails?), it didn't
cause the overall cracked walls, but its presence did prevent
periodic maintenance. Walls will crumble and paint will peel
over time. When push comes to shove, yes, the owner is responsible
for any repairs (labor and materials), but he might do a horrible
job as many do (essentially whitewash and of course they have a habit
of painting everything including light bulbs). See if you can come to
some negotiated agreement and this way you'll have control over
the quality of the job.
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