Posted by Anna on January 29, 1999 at 10:23:46:
In Reply to: Re: Difficult to prove hazardous conditions posted by Fred on January 29, 1999 at 06:24:42:
: : Recently the oil heater in my building had a "puffback" which released a lot of dust into the atmosphere of the apartment. My girlfriend and I, who live together in the apartment, have been experiencing respiratory problems which we think were been caused by the malfunctioning heater, even before the "puffback" occurred. Now suddenly my girlfriend has been diagnosed with asthma and doctors say it was probably caused by conditions in the apartment. However, from a legal point of view, can I simply break the lease on doctors' advice? Can I say that these conditions are dangerous to our health even though the heat furnace has been repaired? What kind of proof is required?
: Get the doctor to put in writing that the after effects of the event is causing new respiratory problems.
FIRST: get as much fresh air into that apt as possible!!!!
ALSO: immediately call the New York City Dept of Health. You were experiencing symptoms before the boiler seriously malfunctioned and are still experiences symptoms which may be caused in part by chronic low-level Carbon Monoxide (higher levels will cause death) or other easily testable gases. Describe your symptoms and the boiler's problems: ask for an inspection. (I didn't even need to ask: they insisted!) If they find anything health or life threatening, action will be swift. And their report will be invaluable if you need to leave (suggest you also go to the next weekly meeting of any Tenant Advocate group available, listed here in Tenant.net)
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