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Re: landlord liable for burglary?

Posted by Mariel on September 13, 1997 at 00:13:10:

In Reply to: landlord liable for burglary? posted by Toni on September 12, 1997 at 10:01:01:

: My apartment was burglarized a few weeks ago.
: Access was gained through my window which the only way to enter is
: through an open window in the hallway. This window is always unlocked.
: Even when cablevision comes they don't look for the super they just put
: their ladder through this window.
: Can I hold the landlord liable for improper security? I need this
: information right away as I already have a case pending because of lack of
: repairs. Also can someone explain what an abatement is?
An abatement is a deduction in the amount of rent owed. A judge will grant an abatement, sometimes, in cases where an owner was given ample notice but did nothing to repair the problems in the apt. It's up to the discretion of each judge but it is something that is often asked for by tenants.

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