Posted by TenantNet on August 26, 1997 at 11:24:14:
In Reply to: Legal to hire for repairs and deduct from rent??? posted by trish on August 20, 1997 at 19:50:21:
: Can I hire a plumber to do some easy repairs within my apartment and
: deduct from rent? This, of course, is after many months of calls to
: the landlord resulting in no action. I'd appreciate any help or info
: on this.
"Repair and Deduct" is not a statutory right in New York, but I have seen
it work in a few cases. It will depend on the facts of the case and the judge
you end up in front of. Be careful that you can document written and certified
mail requests to the landlord and that you've provided access. They will claim
they didn't know or that you denied access. Also good to get a violation if you
can and get photos if you can.
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