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Re: Help! Re: laws for fridge repair

Posted by Refrigerators don't last forever on July 16, 1997 at 12:58:01:

In Reply to: Re: Help! Re: laws for fridge repair posted by TenantNet on July 16, 1997 at 12:29:28:

: : 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 a way food. How 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 o wner'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
: c ontinues 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 inspection,
: 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 misinfor med tenant who responded to
: the original inquiry.

See an attorney about a refrigerator? You have got to be kidding. She stated that her landlord wished to remedy the situation. She said that her electricity bills were high. She stated that the refi gerator repairman came back. And she stated that the refrigerator is not still not working right. I am not a troll, just another joe tenant who has been through the same thing. My old refrigerator was at least 20 yearl old and my new is cheaper to operate and I am enjoying a sizable reduction in electricity bills. I am sure the company that hauled away the old refigerator sold it as used. I pitty the person who has to live with it.

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