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

Posted by TenantNet on July 30, 1997 at 12:28:07:

In Reply to: Re: The Landlord Who Wanted To Cut Down On The Water Bill posted by Alex G on July 25, 1997 at 12:50:55:

: Regarding your comments on DHCR's supposed bad track record.
: I haven't had a court-room experience with them,

It's not just a bad track record -- it borders on corruption and the
criminal. They are an administrative agency and not a court.

: 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).

But the info usually does not conform to the law.

: 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.

Sure, they make up policies on the spot, often in conflict with the law
and their past policies. That's the reason they keep their case law
secret; tenants and landlords could have a field day with the agency's
ignoring the law.

: 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.

Here's one example: a tenant files a complaint which is sent to the landlord
for comment within 20 days. Either side is generally granted one extension
and beyond that extensions are only for good cause. This is codified in their
policy statements. When tenants ask for further extensions, their requests
are summarily dismissed. OTOH, landlords who call up their DHCR buddies
often get extension after extension.

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