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Re: Help! Re: laws for fridge repair

Posted by TenantNet on July 16, 1997 at 14:02:40:

In Reply to: Re: Help! Re: laws for fridge repair posted by Refrigerators don't last forever on July 16, 1997 at 12:58:01:

No email, eh?

: See an attorney about a refrigerator? You have got to be kidding.

No, not at all. An attorney can clarify one's rights with ALL the
facts at hand and suggest possible strategies -- and that does not
necessarily mean going to cou rt. Sometimes a letter from a lawyer
will work wonders for a reluctant landlord.

: She stated that her landlord wished to remedy the situation. She said
that her electricity bills were high. She stated that the refigerator
repairman came back . And she stated that the refrigerator is not still
not working right.

Not necessarily. Read the original message again. It was stall and lip
service and refusing to solve the problem. Many owners do this -- half-
assed repairs that don't work or just deal with cosmetics.

: 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 electricit y 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.

That's where you miss the point. No one denies a new refrigerator will be
more cost efficient. Chances are though tha t your savings are eaten away
by an increase in rent, and that's the point. When one rents, the owner
has an obligation to provide certain services and in exchange, he gets
rent. The tenant has a right to a working refrigerator, and should not
be held hostage with the threat that the owner will only meet his obligation
by demanding additional rent. The tenant already pays for repair and for
a working refrigerator.

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