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Elevator Problems

What is the legal definition of the elevator law?

The elevator law is controlled by the state laws, and these laws can change from state to state. These laws will cover the following equipment:
1. Elevators
2. Stairways, platform lifts
3. Escalators
4. Moving Walks
5. Dumbwaiters; and
6. Any material lifts with automatic transfer devices

The state makes elevators in order to avoid the use of many unsafe lifting devices that can cause extensive chance of serious injuries to employees, and those in public that are using these unsafe devices. Elevator employees work on elevators are required to have a certain type of training or experience or even both and must know how the elevators operate and the how to make these elevators safe for all.

In the state of New Jersey if there was an elevator problem for over six months can the tenant request that their rent be lowered for that time since they had to walk three flights of stairs?

In this case a tenant cannot withhold rent of have their rent lowed because of this situation. According to the state law, a tenant can hold withhold their rent if there is a problem that directly affects their living area, or if the problem affects the tenant’s health and safety. Elevators are considered an extra, so with the fact that the elevator did not work, would not legally allow the tenant to withhold rent. If the tenant decides to go ahead and withhold the rent, the landlord will have the ability to evict this person.

In the state of Florida can a first floor unit request that they pay less than the second floor unit for elevator maintenance?

In this case, this is correct. Maintenance is established on the square footage, or the lower rate will be listed in the bylaws or the contract for which floor has bought or renting the unit. Away from the contractual situation the Board can even choose to decide on different rants, but then the remaining floors can decide to file a law suit and in effect claim that it is not right and follow the Board for damages.

In the state of New York if a condo building is experiencing elevator problems who do they go to for their questions and concerns?

As for dealing with elevator problems the Condo Boards are responsible for these types of problems. The Condo Board may agree with the property manger or the elevator company to fix the elevator. In this type of case the elevator company will more than likely be contacted by the Condo Boards in order to address this issue.

In the state of California while moving into a new apartment the elevator started having issues, contacted the landlord it was fixed and then the renter was billed for the maintenance on the elevator, is the renter responsible for this bill?

In this state there are no specific codes that can protect the individual from having to pay the charge for the elevator repairs. In order for this person to be responsible for the repairs, the landlord will need to prove that this person had caused the damage to the elevator. When living in an apartment complex, there are many individuals coming in and out, and using the elevator, so there is no way the landlord can pin point the damage on one person just because they called and reported the problem.

When moving into apartment complexes or even starting a new job where there are elevators in there building it is bound to happen that an individual will experience elevator problems. For more information on whom an individual should report the problem to or as to who is responsible for the repairs to an elevator contact the Legal Experts online.

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