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Re: The Landlord Who Wanted To Cut Down On The Water Bill

Posted by TenantNet on July 25, 1997 at 12:10:39:

In Reply to: The Landlord Who Wanted To Cut Down On The Water Bill posted by Alex G on July 25, 1997 at 10:58:00:

: A brief true story about a new landlord with bad motives who was put in
: his place. 'Nick' bought the building in July 1996. He decided to cut down
: on the water bill. He had a plumber physically cut the water pipes that
: supplied running water to the faucets of the bathtubs in our building. The
: shower-heads were left alone to keep functioning. The tenants of our
: building got a petition together with many signatures requesting that this
: action be brought to an immediate hault.The petition was forwarded to DHCR.
: Within 3 weeks all pipes and water-flow had been restored at 280-85th in
: Brooklyn, NY (during Sep/Oct 1996). We thank DHCR for stepping in and
: cleaning house. It's nice to see your tax money going to good use.

This is a VERY VERY rare instance of DHCR doing something other than
helping landlords, finding ways to hurt tenants or delaying cases for
decades (not years, decades) -- some cases are so egregious that they
can not ignore and this might be one of those instances. The poster
and readers should infer that this is normal behavior for this corrupt
agency. We advise tenants to stay away from DHCR if at all possible.
Conditions such as this can also be dealt with in Housing Court (which
is itself not tenant friendly), but a tad less genocidal than DHCR and
it usually doesn't take ten years to decide a case.

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