Posted by Anna on September 09, 1999 at 16:20:11:
In Reply to: What do you do, when the landlord doesn't provide heat posted by Eva on September 09, 1999 at 07:02:20:
: I'm renting a house and there hasn't been heat in the house for over 4 years. We
: went to court last March and the landlord was told to put heat in the house.
: Our landlord waited until spring to put heat in the house, but didn't get
: the unit inspected. This month when I inquired about getting the gas turned on,
: in order to prepare for the fall, I was told I couldn't, because the unit had to be
: inspected by the city.
: Now, the roof is leaking and the landlord has known about this for 4 months.
: What should I do?
Have you tried calling the city yourself to have them inspect the unit? Some gov agencies might...
In NYC, the Housing Court keeps jurisdiction for about a year after a decision is made. You would be able to file an Order to Show Cause to force the landlord to do what the judge ordered in March. Or just go to the courthouse with all your original papers from March (there is an OSC clerk: they walk you through the process).
Both the leaky roof and the lack of heat are violations reportable to HPD in NYC. (heat required only from 10/1 thru 5/31) Have you called them?
Have you read the Heat info on TenantNet Home? easily accessible from here....
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