Posted by Nancy on May 16, 1997 at 17:11:06:
Hi, everyone...I recently attended Housing Court (for the zillionth
time during the past decade...since my present landlord bought the bldg.).
In the Mediation Part, primarily to set dates for payment and access for
repairs (again!),my landlord offered me 6 month's rent to move out. His
previous offers have been more private, and considerably lower. It seems
he didn't know such an offer is illegal. The Mediator informed me,in his
presence,that I could make a complaint. I'm not sure the landlord realized he'd
made a mistake. It's possible he doesn't care, either because he thinks I
won't file a complaint,he thinks his attorneys can handle anything, or he
knows that no punishment, sanction, or fine will be enforced anyway...
Well, I haven't filed a complaint. Experience has taught me that it
is probably an exercise in futility. What do you think?
Incidentally, this is a man who once told me that tenants shouldn't
have any right to withhold rent, counter-sue, etc. and that such rights
are one of the things wrong with this country. (For clarification only,
I might add that this individual was not born in the U.S. I don't know
if he's a citizen or not. I have nothing against immigrants, naturalized
citizens, etc. Quite the contrary...but I couldn't help wondering about
his attitude and opinions..I got the distinct impression that he believes
that only the wealthy are entitled to legal protection.)
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