Posted by TenantNet on January 31, 1998 at 10:57:35:
In Reply to: Co-op responsibilities to sublets? posted by Amy M. on January 29, 1998 at 09:51:53:
: I am currently renting an apartment from a man who owns an apartment in a co-op. There are many things that need fixing. A window is missing, no shower head, the linoleam is coming off the kitchen floor. I could go on and on. He said he would fix these things, but it has been three weeks. Nothing has been done. My question is can we get out of our lease because we are renting an unsuitable aparment. He says we can't breqak the lease. If we do, he says he will sue. Can we use the co-op management as leverage? Will the co-op management help our cause because he isn't keeping up his place?
He's a landlord like any other with the same responsibilities.
Document the problems (photos), write him certifeid mail asking him
to make repairs and giving him three times for access. Be reasonable,
but don't let him take advantage. You still have rights. If he then fails,
write him once more telling him that if he fails to make repairs, he
will be considered to be in breach of lease for violating the
warranty of habitability (his obligation to make repairs). If you then
leave and if he sues, you will be in a better position.
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