Hi, thanks. I hadn't thought of small claims court... they are a very nasty bunch however and I am scared.. which is what they would like me to be. I can't really afford to have to move out of this apt. I also had water damage to my bathroom, which they did repair in a totally slipshod manner. I had this fixed when I had the other holes in the ceiling fixed. When I told them I wanted to be reimbursed, they immediately said they were looking at my file and saw that there was a leak that my plumber had caused.. but I didn't have a plumber.. I only had a plasterer. So I know they are capable of making anything up, to avoid paying for anything. The super in this building is a very nasty drunk. I do not want him in my apt unless I am here and dealing with him is very unpleasant. They also said that the fact that I have a problem with the super makes it difficult for the repairs.. however, I did not refuse the super, any appts.the problem is that none of the appts. they made with me were honored. All this is just to give you a sense of the type of landlord this is... I am worried now that I have called attention to myself and taking them to small claims court will only make them watch me closer or manufacture stuff to get me out. Is there a point where I just accept that they will do nothing for me beyond basic heat and water and enjoy the fact that I have rent I can afford, or do I stand up because it will get worse if I don't? I am happy that I wrote them a letter detailing all the problems in my apt.when they first took over.. that will inevitably cause problems to the brand new apt beneath me.. .. so that they can't use those issues to get me out or make me pay damages, if something happens... which it will.. my kitchen floor is in such bad shape that if anything spills on it, it runs right through the cracks., etc. etc. I guess after I wrote all this, I see so clearly that I am feeling just as they would like me to feel... not happy here and ready to move out. Sigh. Thanks for your help.
Thanks again. You are right. There is value in filing the claim, even if I don't win.. as a safeguard against being pushed out later. I feel they are going to look for anything they can. Also, thank you for the suggestion of the notebook. The contractor who is working on the apt downstairs told me the other day that he was never told to come and fix the holes, even though they were emailing me that it was his fault because he hadn't showed up. I should get his full name and contact info if I can, in case I need it. Not that he would want to jeopardize future work for them.. but He said that they emailed authorized work to him... I could always ask them to produce the email showing that.. even if I couldn't get him as a witness. I guess I could frame some of the stuff the super is doing as harassment.. I feel scared still.. but more proactive.
Sure. NYC used to be pro tenant.. but not so sure anymore. Can I send you an update on this site?
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