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Re: no heat & hot water

Posted by TenantNet on November 18, 1997 at 08:51:48:

In Reply to: Re: no heat & hot water posted by Leslie M. Banks on November 15, 1997 at 01:51:58:

: There is nothing wrong with the boiler or furnace. If my neighbors
don't pay the rent no one in the building gets HHW which is almost
every month.

No, it's not because you're neighbors are not paying rent -- get that
out of your head. The owner is making a decision to not give you heat.
They might have other reasons to withhold rent, but that's not the point,
and it has nothing to do with the owner's obligation to provide HHW.

: I call the HHW complaint bureau he turns it on until
the inspection is over so he won't be fined and turns it back off

So document this with a log.

: My kids and I are now terribly sick in a freezing apartment
and we have not showered in days because of this. I can't afford
court costs so what do I do.

File a HP action and get a "poor person's" waiver of fees. See the court
section. There are many not-for-profit agencies that can assist you in this.

:If I had given him all the rent money
we'd still have no HHW because my neighbors did not pay the rent.

Don't blame the neighbors -- that's probably what he's telling you. He
wants to divide tenants so they blame each other. And maybe, just maybe
they did pay the rent.

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