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rude superintendant

Posted by M. Nguyen on December 21, 1999 at 21:59:54:

I would like to know what the correct procedure for dealing with a rude
superintendant and what my options are regarding my dog. Please bear with me
regarding the story as it may be long but I would appreciate any responses.

I have been living in my current apartment for over 2 years. The first year
my dog and my girlfriend lived with us. This building has a no dog policy
but my dog has been known to the building since day 1 and remained with us
for over a year. My girlfriend has sinced returned home (outside the state)
with our dog but continues to visit on some weekends. 1) Is this dog still
legally permitted to enter this building on the weekends? 2) What if she
decides to move back here, is the dog still permitted to remain? (Please
cite specific law clauses if possible as I would like to reference legal
passages if need be)--

Now the problem with the superintendant. This past weekend, she arrived
and my super saw the dog and went ballistic! He demanded that the dog
not enter the building. The ONLY way to settle it his way was for my
girlfriend to drive 5 hours back home (she had arrived a few hours earlier).
Obviously this was not an option and I told him that the dog would have to
stay the night and leave with my girlfriend the next day. He became
belligerent and an argument ensued in the lobby (as people are exiting and
entering our building)! Finally I just walked away with the dog to my
apartment. He proceeded to threaten to call the police and revoke the
renewal option of my lease-- Neither have happened.

The monday following, I fired off a letter to his boss in the management office.
I have yet to hear a reply. Since then, I have heard from tenants and
doormen (multiple doormen) in the building how TERRIBLY rude this super is!
Unfortunately one doormen said that he and his boss were "working together" so
I fear my complaint will be dismissed. I pay 2400/mo for my apartment and
feel that I shouldn't be treated in this manner. My stance is that the dog
was known to the building and we have never had any complaints prior to this
weekend. It bothers me that my dog can't return to the building but it kills
me that the super would treat me in such a manner since i've NEVER gotten
a notice about this dog (either visiting or being resident). While it was
comforting to know that this super has had a reputation to be rude to others
(and not just me), it wasn't suprising. I really want this guy to disciplined
and retrained for his position? Is there anything I can do here if his boss
is not cooperative? The doormen would probably not say anything public for
fear of losing their job (though one was really upset with another incident
with this super and used some colorful metaphors to express his feelings).

Thanks for any help anyone can offer.

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