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New Fridge - Rent Increase????

Posted by Lala on September 22, 1997 at 12:48:40:

We have a freezer that requires defrosting every 2 weeks. It has appoximately 1 inch of ice on the top and bottom panels, but none on the sides. On the top left, the ice is not in the standard frost form, but rather solid sheet ice. This refrigerator is leaking water. Sometimes a little, sometimes a lot. We have witnessed an entire pool of water standing at the bottom of the fridge. Additionally, the egg holders directly oposite the freezer are filled with water, and freezes the eggs. In the inside wall of the unit, there are several cracks and holes.

We have asked the landlord for a new refrigerator stating that this one is broken and it needs to be replaced. He gave us the following option. Get another one exactly as our existing one, get a ***frost free*** for a $5 assessment on the rent, or buy our own refrigerator and take it with us when we leave. Can he do this? With ****frost free**** refrigerators costing as little as $350, can he assess a $5 luxury assessment to replace it. Especially since the city would have a field day on the various other maintenance violations? We haven't asked for any other repairs thus far as we do it ourselves with our own money. (So far, more than the cost of a new refrigerator.) PS: We are also paying market rent.

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