TenantNet posted in the TenantNet Conference Area
Dated : May 24, 1998 at 21:09:58
Subject: Re: Small claims court
: Does anyone have any experience/advice using small claims court to recoup money from landlord/management company?
: What happens in court? What info do I need?
: I am trying to get management company to reimburse me for over $3,000 in costs
: I incurred for increased security due to their decreasing the security in my
: apartment. HP action did no good--case was dismissed, found no violation.
: Am trying DHCR for rent decrease but don't have much hope, will probably take years.
: Any advice would be appreciated!
HP action is to compel needed repairs. Regular Housing Court is for
nonpayment of rent -- you can deduct and use this as a defense... repair
and deduct is what it's called, but that won't always fly in NY. DHCR
is to reduce rent for decreased services, but only after you file. I would
try housing court or small claims, but it will be hard either way in NYC.
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