Am I legally entitled to a buzz?
August 19, 2009 1:15 PM Subscribe
After signing the lease and paying the deposit, the owner is asking me to sign a release saying that I know that the door buzzer system does not work and will not be fixed. Is a buzzer something that I'll wish that I had, or will I be fine just having people call when they need to be let in? The buzzer wasn't mentioned either way before I signed the lease (but I saw that the building had a buzzer system without thinking to check it). I wouldn't want to try to get out of the lease and have to redo my apartment search, but it does seem a bit weird not being warned about this in advance. Do I have any recourse? Can I force them to fix it or to give me some sort of discount on my rent, or should I just let it slide?
posted by vegetableagony to home & garden (30 answers total)
If it matters the apartment is in Boston and is maybe 4 units in a non owner occupied building.
I tried looking through the tenant rights documents for the state and couldn't see any requirement that the apartment have a buzzer.
I am sharing the apartment with one other person who has no need of a buzzer system (since he is deaf).