Hi. We have...
Hi. We have 6 roommates in an apartment in NYC. The gas was shut off in February due to a tenant call to ConEd stating that they smelled gas. Since then, the property management company has had some repairs made to meet standards, and the gas has been restored to some floors in the building, but not to ours.
Lawyer's Assistant: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state the property is in?
The management company has provided space heaters, one hot plate, and has installed two electric water heaters (these help, but don't adequately meet the needs of the entire building). They have discounted the rent 15%.
Lawyer's Assistant: After your first paid question, we offer a week's free trial membership when you can ask as many questions as you like.
We would like to put pressure on them to get the gas turned back on, as one hot plate for 6 people is woefully inadequate.
Lawyer's Assistant: What are the terms of the lease? Any issues related to maintenance or upkeep?
What's the cost of the first paid question?
Lawyer's Assistant: You just pay a $5 deposit now and the rest only when you get a reply from the Landlord-Tenant Lawyer. All of this is 100% satisfaction guaranteed, so you can get a refund if you're not happy for any reason.
And what would the total cost be?
Lawyer's Assistant: It can cost anywhere from $10 to $100, depending on the type of issue and how much of the Landlord-Tenant Lawyer's time your question is expected to take (how complex and lengthy an answer you require).
What is the exxpected turnaround for getting an answer?
Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Yes. Each tenant has a month-to-month agreement, after the first three months. All tenants have paid their rent every month. We would like to put our combined rent into an escrow account, to put pressure on the management company/landlord to get the gas turned on. It's been over 7 months, and they keep saying "we're hopeful", but no hard deadlines. Are we allowed to withhold rent and put it in an Escrow account? How much notice do we have to give, and in what form?