Posted by Anna on September 27, 1999 at 23:44:06:
In Reply to: Additional Information posted by Leslie on September 27, 1999 at 19:49:56:
: city/location: New York, Manhatten
: rent stabilized: YES
: written lease: YES
: number of units in building: 15 (walk up building)
: approximately when it was built: 1950?
You didn't say: why did the landlord or his super not respond? Your building is required to have a live-in super or one who lives within, something like, 200 yards and is responsible for not more than xxx number of apts. It's in the Housing Maintenance Code (HMC), available on TenantNet home with the old section numbers and on the RGB website, housingnyc.com, with the new numbers. Also, the HMC requires that a tel number be posted in your bldg for the managing agent for your building who is available 24 hours a day. Find these statutes, you can use them tohelp win the Small Claims suit you can file against your landlord: it is safer to sue him than to withhold rent and let him sue you in Housing Court where the real rules of evidence apply and he will sue for 'possession' (your eviction) at the same time.
Another thought too late: it would have been cheaper to jimmy the lock with a credit card or push the door in.
The $500 is not unusual for Manhattan on a Sunday at midnight, $400 is the average two people in two diff neighborhoods paid recently for the same basic facts. Renters home insurance often covers it: read you policy.
If not, go to TenantNet Home and bone up on effective complaint writing and Small Claims Court (hiding under NYC Housing Court).
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