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Re: OFTEN no hot water, how much rent reduction??

Posted by John E. Marre on March 17, 1999 at 03:26:06:

In Reply to: Re: OFTEN no hot water, how much rent reduction?? posted by satori on March 17, 1999 at 02:00:50:

Keep absolute records of dates and times when you have no hot water.
If you're in NYC, call 960-4800 EVERY TIME you're without hot water.
(and don't worry about calling too often) They'll eventually send you
confirmations of your complaints. They'll also contact your landlord
for you.
If the situation gets out of hand, a rent strike might be a good idea.
Hold ALL rent. Force the moronic landlord to take you to court on the
Bring the records you keep (make sure they're accurate!) and any and
all of the paper work you get from Central Complaints.
If you expect some kind of reduction/rebate for LACK OF ESSENTIAL SERVICES,
the judge may ask you for a specific dollar amount. Be prepared to give one
that you feel is fair.
For percentages of services, be sure to figure...
You have shelter
you have heat
you have cold water
When figuring the percentage of the rent each of these is worth, be realistic.
PS: If your in a stabalized apartment, don't worry about the court date
influencing a renewal. The landlord MUST offer. And, if not, PROVE WHY
s/he won't. And a complaint of lack of ESSENTIAL SERVICES, filed by you
is't good enough to refuse you a renewal.

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