Posted by Fred Lappert on November 28, 1997 at 02:51:43:
In Reply to: Broken Pipes In Brooklyn posted by Matt on November 24, 1997 at 23:35:57:
: Help! I have a leaking heat pipe in my Brooklyn apartment.
: My landlord has looked at the problem but has refused to fix it. He ignores
: my calls- The problem has been present for the past 2 weeks and gets worse
: with each passing day. The ceiling is slowly falling off- making my life
: a mess and a hassle- Does anyone any phone numbers or people I can contact
: to take action to get this problem fixed? Where do I go to find out
: my rights?
In NYC. Haven't you heard? You have no rights. City Inspectors were cut
by 75% so it will be hard to even get an inspector. DHCR takes up to ten
years (unless they dismiss your case right away). You could withhold rent,
but with the new court deposit rule, you'll have to put it in court.
Even so, if you've notified the owner and made a complaint to the hotline,
then withholding rent is your best answer.
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