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Re: Fridge repair follow-up

Posted by A.R on August 04, 1997 at 16:33:51:

In Reply to: Re: Help! Re: laws for fridge repair posted by TenantNet on July 16, 1997 at 14:02:40:

Thank you TenantNet for understanding my situation.
The repairman came a third time (installed a new compressor)
and again the fridge is not fixed. In fact, the temperature is
52 degrees (higher than before). He has a habit of going outside
to call his company on each visit, obviously to stall replacing the
fridge, and to replace a part that need not be replaced...
According to my lawyer, the landlord is complying with the laws
by sending over the repairman. The lawyer also mentioned that
the landlord may have a contract with the repair company where
they are responsible for replacing the unit or repairing it. Also,
the lawyer stated that in NYC rent stabilized apts., the landlord may
be required to have contracts with specific repair companies in my
area by city law (IS THIS TRUE???). She advised against going to
As far as accepting a new fridge with a rent hike, you correctly pointed
out that the rent increase over time exceeds the cost of a new fridge. My
rent was just increased 7% for a lease renewal & I simply can't afford
another one... As far as the tenant's negative response to my inquiry, I
am only trying to obtain a WORKING fridge whether it's used or new, as
stated in the lease, without a raise in rent. I am also trying to follow the
laws without hostility...
I am going to write a certified letter to the landlord to notify him that the
repair company has made three visits without correcting a problem before
having the lawyer involved. Then if it becomes necessary, I will withold rent
until it is fixed (according to the lawyer's advice). If there is any other information
you think may be helpful in resolving this problem, please post. Otherwise,
I would like to thank you for your help and time.

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