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Heat & Window Problems in NYC

Posted by Tim on September 21, 1999 at 15:11:56:

We have a one year lease on the upper floor in a 2-story house
in Brooklyn (Bed-Stuy). When we moved in the landlord informed
us that we would have to pay heat and hot water. Apparently our
relatively large apartment is heated by this sad electrical
contraption running along the floor in just two places. I'm used
to radiators, but friends I know that have suffered from this
thing say it increases your electrical bill by over $100 a month.

Problem one:
Our windows are old as all Hell. There are huge gaps where
the glass should theoretically be meeting the wood frame, and the
entire bottom wood has fallen off the upper window in the bathroom.
Also, several of the windows have been painted "shut" when they aren't
quite shut which has created huge drafts. The electrical things
look fairly useless as it is, and these gaps will make it
impossible to heat our apt come winter. So is he required to
get us new windows?

Problem two:
Is it legal to make us pay for our own heat in this way?
Our downstairs neighbor has the same setup. He has to use
a 4 foot tall heater that he bought to heat his bedroom in
winter while the rest of the house freezes.

Sorry for being so long-winded and thanks in advance,

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