Posted by DK on March 11, 1999 at 10:43:38:
In Reply to: refrigerator repairs posted by mary on March 10, 1999 at 12:01:23:
The landlord is responsible for repair and maintenance of the refrigerator, even if you intentionally damaged it. If the damage resulted from an intentional or negligent act, then the landlord could bill you for the repair. The landlord cannot bill you for "reasonable wear and tear."
If the landlord cannot obtain the necessary parts because the appliance is so old, he will have to replace the entire unit. Under rent stabilization and rent control, the landlord could ask you to agree to pay a permanent major capital improvement increase for purchasing a new refrigerator. If you do not agree to the increase, the landlord would still have to repair or replace the refrigerator, but the landlord could replace the refrigerator with a comparable used refrigerator.
: If the shelf on a refrigerator door breaks off, because the refrigerator is old
: (ie, no misuse is involved), must the landlord fix it? What if the refrigerator is so
: old that the part is no longer available?
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