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Re: Landlord denies request for telephone

Posted by TenantNet on February 22, 1998 at 09:03:50:

In Reply to: Landlord denies request for telephone posted by David Sifre on February 15, 1998 at 17:37:41:

: I know of a tenant living in a SRO hotel-type housing. He has no telephone, but his doctor says he should have one because of a heart condition.

: The landlord refuses to permit him to have a phone. Is this purely a housing court issue, or can the tenant sue under the Fair Housing Act in federal court?

: Anybody have any good ideas as to how to make a landlord behave reasonably?

: helpful email at would be appreciated.

I assume you are in NY state. NYS Executive law (and others) may come into play. As long as there's no prejudice to the landlord's interests and no damage (i.e., waste), then there should be no prohibition from the tenant ordering any utility installation. If the person is disabled, there may be action and relief under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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