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

Posted by Alex G on July 25, 1997 at 12:50:55:

In Reply to: Re: The Landlord Who Wanted To Cut Down On The Water Bill posted by TenantNet on July 25, 1997 at 12:10:39:

: : 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.

Regarding your comments on DHCR's supposed bad track record.
I haven't had a court-room experience with them,
however I can say that they have almost always been adequately helpful
when it comes to a need for information (via phone or in print).
Futhermore, I see them as the foundation of justification of all actions,
that meaning that if DHCR says "this is how it is" well then "this is how
it is" and you can't go wrong. If you do everything by the book (the book
that they wrote) your back is covered.
However in an attempt to be as honest as possible I can't say that I am
familiar with court cases where DHCR's actions were unfairly detrimental
to the tenant. I have no problem with insight that goes against my
premonitions. If you can give me an example or two, of DHCR's bad treatment
of a tenant, I'd love to hear it. I haven't seen your side of it. Alex G.

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