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rewiring the building

Posted by jennifer on January 05, 1999 at 09:55:12:

In Reply to: recent building fire posted by jennifer on January 02, 1999 at 16:56:50:

Now my landlord says that there is nothing to be done about the state of
the wiring--even though he admits that most of it is from 1927-1933! He
says that there is no inspection planned for the building--that the wiring
can't be inspected since it's in the walls. That may be true, but then
what exactly does the Electrical Control Bureau do?
My landlord says that the only solution to this problem is if all the tenants
agree to have the building rewired. He says that is a capital improvement
and all our rents would go up 1/40. Is this really an "improvement"??? I
think it's more of a neccessity! Which do you all think it is??
This is a 10-unit converted pre-war brownstone in Manhattan. It is rent

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