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repairs after flood - what are my rights?

Posted by Mario S on March 05, 1998 at 10:57:03:

Last month I had a flood in my apartment (caused by another tenant). The parquet wood floor was partially damaged, as well as th kitchen floor. We also have damage to the ceiling and walls.
After a discussion with our super we purchased (at our own expense) marble flooring for the bathroom and kitchen. Now the building manager tells us we cannot install it, that we can only replace the equivalent of what already exists, plus the floor will only be refinished where there was water damage.
Question 1) Do we have any recourse here (we are rent stabilized)? If we go to court do we stand a chance?
Question 2) If we do the repairs anyway (with our materials) what is the worst the landlord can do? We are providing a significant upgrade to their property.
Any idas? Suggestions?

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