Posted by Al Gordon on October 09, 1998 at 19:10:09:
In Reply to: URGENT HELP! Super Harassment posted by Elena on October 04, 1998 at 15:27:47:
By law, your super is not allowed to yell at you because he is angry about a tenant problem that he is having with you. He must deal with you in a decent manner. If he yells at you (or threatens or is violent) about a housing problem he can be found guilty of harrasment. This carries a fine in the thousands of dollars for the landlord, but you could have a tremendously difficult time proving in a courtroom that it occured. Nonetheless, if your super or landlord or anybody affiliated with them ever yells at you and scares you again, call the police so that they can protect you. By the way, it is illegal for your super to demand money from you so that he gets you another apartment in the building. The only money that the super can demand from you is the rent money ONLY. Also, if the super stops providing services to you (that were provided when you moved in to the building) you are entitled to a RENT REDUCTION. You should write down all the questions that you have on a piece of paper and then call the 'Department of Housing' and ask them all of your questions. They will not pursue your matters for you but they will give you much information that will be helpful. Pick up the phone. OCT 9, 1998.
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