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Posted by Gloria on March 09, 1999 at 17:34:21:


I live in a rent-controlled apartment.

I have complained for years to my landlord and have had numerous visits
from housing inspectors because of falling plaster (ceilings) and leaks
in several parts of the apt. Nothing has ever been repaired although the
landlord was issued several summones (sp?)

Last week, my 13 month old was determined to have lead poisoning.

The DOH has decided that the apt is unsanitary because of the leaks and
they advise me to relocate. My options are a shelter or a safe-home and
neither of these is very appealing.

My questions are:

1. Does my landlord have any responsibility to relocate me until the
problems are repaired?

2. I read somewhere that the HPD is supposed to report any lead
danger(falling plaster) in homes that were built before 1960 and have a
child under 7 living there, to the DOH. Is this true?

3. Is there anything I should do to protect rent control if I do relocate
temporarily?

Any help is much appreciated, thank you!
Gloria

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