Posted by Cathy on September 04, 1999 at 18:31:18:
In Reply to: crazed lanlord posted by help on September 04, 1999 at 11:35:20:
: My friend who lives in New York City, in an illegal basement apartment.
: She has lived there for 4 years without any problems.
: Recently her landlord has been harrassing her verbally.
: He threatens to evict her and constantly picks fights with her.
: She has had her washer for 4 years, now he said she cannot ues it at all.
: He also tore down her clothes line.
: He's placed a fence with a lock around the house so now she has to wait until
: someone hears her calling so she can into the gate and her apartment.
: She is a single women with a 3 years old child and she knows her rights are
: limited if any.
: Where can she turn too before it is too late! She works and attends school
: My question is where can she turn and fast!
It sounds like it's already too late. The landlord's behavior is irresponsible and he could get into just as much trouble for having an illegal basment apartment. Your friend has a child to consider and being in that kind of environment is not healthy. Have her sit down with the landlord and calmly try to come to some kind of arrangement that would give her enough time to relocate. It's unfortunate for her but no amount of legal advice is going to end this battle fairly.
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