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Apartment falling apart - no one will fix it. . .

Posted by dumpy apartment dweller on June 24, 1997 at 14:43:18:

We live in a rent-stabilized apartment that is in rotten shape. The worst
room is the bathroom - when it was put in, the shower head was put on the
side wall of the tub (vs. on the end like most tubs) and the water hits
the sliding doors on the front of the bathtub. From years of this, it now
leaks and the front corners of the tub are literally rotting away and the
tile is coming up off the floor. Rather than replacing any part of this
system, our superintendent is skirting the issue and trying to come up with
cheap ways to fix the problem. He caulked the tub - that didn't work. He
moved the shower head, that also didn't work. Now he added a shower curtain
and it still leaks, quite badly. My questions are three-fold: 1. He expects
us to pay him for the shower curtain and misc. items - are we actually
expected to pay him for this? I know the sum is paltry but we are not
responsible for how the bathtub was designed. 2. Do we have any legal
recourse in getting this problem resolved? We really need a new tub and
we know that the management company will not fix the problem. And, 3. If
there is water damage to the ceiling of the apartment below, are we liable??
Someone please let me know soon as we are in the middle of WWIII about this.

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