Posted by Anna on December 27, 1999 at 20:59:40:
In Reply to: MCIs and illegal conversions and self certification posted by Deb on December 23, 1999 at 18:58:41:
: After unsuccessfully filing a PAR with DHCR about multible major capital improvements,
: our pleas and evidence renouncing the quality of work and the need for the repairs
: were completely unheeded. We begged DHCR to inspect the building to see
: the number of violations and inconsistancies in the owner's application for the
: rent increase.
: DHCR did not care. Our word meant nothing compared to the notarized affadavits
: from the owner's architect and engineers. What are we supposed to do?
: What reason in world does a tenant really have to gain by lying about major capital
: improvements if they are to actually improve one's quality of life.
: Is there any recourse? A statute of limitations? Or are we stuck with a permanent
: rent increase of almost $30 per room?
: Illegal conversion of the basement has taken place, apartments have been altered. Nothing
: is true with the building's certificate of occupancy. Inspectors never seem to find anything wrong
: with our building. They look the other way.
: Help, Deb
In addition to bringing an Article 78, your Tenants' Association (you do have one, don't you? it already has a lawyer, doesn't it?: Met Council will sometimes help to organize one) should contact a local politician, like a Community Board Member or State Assemblyman, and report the basement and/or illegal conversion to them. They can get action out of the Buildings Dept when tenants can't....
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