Posted by satori on February 18, 1999 at 13:10:04:
In Reply to: Possible Apartment renovations posted by Michelle Service on February 18, 1999 at 11:30:12:
Its ironic you sent that question. I was just siting here in my apartment, before
I came to the the Tenant net board . Thinking about how I would deal
with a scenerio I might be in that is similar to yours and I have
a reasonable way of dealing with it if it comes up in the future
The landlord wants to hire out work and pay them excessive fees
so he can use the law to get more rent that is legal which by the way
is against the law, its called abuse of process or something like that and
I could sue the landlord in Supreme Court if he did that. Well, what I'm going to do is say "what
changes do you want to make to the apartment? He would answer. Then, I would
do the work myself, and hire contractors do do the work I could not do,
and I know I could do the work for probably one half to 1 tenth or less of the
cost of what he would have his contractors do.If anyone can prove it or knows of
tenants suing landlords for abuse of process in this type of situation please
send me the case.
: After living in an apartment for almost 4 years, I decided since I love thegarden and the apartment is a bit shabby that I would like to spruce up the apartment and let more light into the living area. I contacted the landlord to let him know what my intentions were. He came to look at the partment told me to go ahead and get some quotes on the cost of construction get their insurance information, etc. We had one person look a t the place that he recommended and another I've worked with. The landlord sent me a letter , after speaking with his person, saying we would need to talk about extra rent compensation.
: I called him about it and he started babbling on random tangents about 1% vacancy rates and capital imporovements and more rent. I asked him to clarify if I would have to pay more rent if I did this work and he said no, send me the drawings of what you want to do, the contrators liability ins and he would sign off on it. He sent a letter stating the same. I sent him the information and he stopped returning my phone calls. I've called him constantly and yesterday got a vicious note under my door from him saying that he's been so cordial and accomodating and I'm taking advantage of him because I paid this month's rent late(one day aftr the 10th of the month)???? Anyway I think he wants to get me out of the apartment, to do the construction himself and get more money from new tenants for the rent. I need to find out some information on capital improvements on the renters side. Also can he use this incident to say I'm a disruptive tenant and not renew my lease which will expire in March, 1999? HELP!!! Should I be packing??
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