Posted by TenantNet on October 06, 1997 at 12:01:27:
In Reply to: Please help!! posted by Mike Chayne on October 05, 1997 at 15:32:29:
: I'm confused!! When I discovered this board, TenantNet was answering every question, like every day! So I post my question about the massive destruction of my building (Construction-itis) and suddenly Tenant net stops answering questions!!
: Does my landlord have control over you too?!
: I really need help! I don't want to pay my rent!
I was going to just let this one go, but on second thought there's a few things worth mentioning.
If one looks at the Forum Policies, it states we won't answer every question, precisely
because this space is a forum and not a Q&A. Visitors are encouraged to
jump in and discuss issues. Some do and many don't, and we wish more did. Although we do try to
answer a good number of questions, there's many we don't.
Second, we slave away for many hours putting all sorts of material on
the web site. Why can't the poster just spend some time looking and
he might find his answers. Maybe he's too lazy.
Third, if he wants to pay us a salary, then we'll feel obligated to
jump in on his behalf. We aren't lawyers and can't provide legal
advice. We're tenants just like you and have a life (although some
might think that's not the case).
But the thing that really gets me is his attitude, as if we owe him
something, and his implication that we suddenly stopped answering questions
because of his question.
Does this guy want to solve problems in his building or is he just
looking for an excuse not to pay rent? Sure, rent withholding is a
proper way to provide an incentive to recalcitrant landlords, but it's
not an end in itself. There's enough people who are being gouged
obscene and illegal rents in this town, and who have real difficulty
in making monthly payments, that when someone is looking for an excuse,
that gives landlords the fodder to call us all deadbeats.
If you want your answer, look on the web site, it's there.
Get off your ass, call your Community Board, call your politicians,
call the Housing Dept., call Buildings.
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