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Dead landlord, no notification from estate, things need fixin'!

Posted by Dylan on March 04, 1997 at 14:18:37:

My landlord died about 2 months ago (early Jan.). I recieved no notice
from the estate as to who would be taking control of the building. (It's
a 6 unit building in Brooklyn, the landlord lived on the premises and
took care of the building.) In fact no one told me he died...I had to call
the police to find out. I have been without a shower for three months (the
tub works, though) and last night the electricity went out. I called ConEd
and according to them there is nothing wrong, which they say indicates an
internal wiring problem. They told me to get in touch with the super or
landlord, which is obviously impossible. As per the DHCR I have filed a
complaint (registered mail, Jan 15 1997) about the shower as if my landlord
was still alive (that's what they said to do...) and no one has gotten back
to me about that either.

Can anyone tell me:

Who can I call to find out who's taking over the building?
Shouldn't someone (the estate) have told me by now what the situation is?
Is my lease still valid?
If I get these problems fixed myself will I *definitely* be able to
deduct the expenses from my rent? I don't want whoever eventually takes
over to say they won't accept the deductions because they could have had
it done cheaper.
Who can I contact about my legal rights in this situation?


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