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Re: Help! Re: laws for fridge repair

Posted by TenantNet on July 16, 1997 at 12:29:28:

In Reply to: Re: Help! Re: laws for fridge repair posted by Refrigerators don't last forever on July 14, 1997 at 00:26:30:

: Seems to me that you should have had the landlord install a new
: refrigerator, which would have been more economical to run. Not
: only would you be saving money on your electricity bill, but
: also wouldn't be forced to throw away food. Ho w can you blame
: your landlord for your bad judgement? When I had a new refrigerator
: installed, my electricity bill dropped by about $20. I suggest you
: swallow your pride and ask for a new refrigerator delivered as
: soon as possible.

Methinks we have a troller on the loose.
When you rent (it sounds like you are in NYC), the owner's obligation
is to provide you with a working refriegerator -- period. Yes, fridges
wear out over time and then the owner's obligation continues to provide
you with a working refrigerator. If it's used, that's fine as long as it
works properly. If he can't repair it or can't find a working replacement,
his obligation continues and the obvious result would be a new one -- of
approx the same size. In NYC, if stabilized, the owner can get a rent
increase for a new refrigerator if the tenant agrees. But the tenant does
not have to agree to a rent increase and the owner's obligation still
continues for repair or replacement. If he refuses to properly repair, your
option is DHCR (strongly recommend do not go to DHCR) or housiing court
by your withholding rent -- but speak with a lawyer first and follow the
rules -- and some of the rules are changing. Tey to get an inspectio n,
but you may have to wait to get to court first as the city for the most
part does not inspect any more except for heat or emergencies. There is
no bad judgment on your part, just a misinformed tenant who responded to
the original inquiry.

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