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Is it legal in NYC to charge tenants for repairs to building?

My NYC apartment management company is charging tenants for repairs to the roof and outside of the building (the facade). These are not improvements to the units, but to the building. The repairs were finished earlier this year. My apartment is rent stabilized. As I understand it, my next rent invoice will show an extra payment due for these repairs -- although I do not know what the fee will be yet. Before I call 311 and complain, is it legal to charge tenants for building improvements? Thanks in advance!
posted by quixotictic on Jun 24, 2014 - 14 answers

How to deal diplomatically with zealous environmentalist landlady?

Mrs. HeroZero and I just moved into a lovely new Chicago apartment about two months ago. However, our landlady (who lives on the third floor of this three-flat apartment building) has passionate environmentalist feelings. Though we share many aspects of her politics, it's made certain aspects of living here difficult. [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Apr 20, 2014 - 18 answers

This tenant does not look good on paper

I'm trying to help a friend find an apartment to rent. She is on a low fixed income which will not meet the gross-income-must-be-3x-rent formula most landlords around here require their renters to meet, but she will be receiving assistance from family to ensure her expenses are covered. What kind of support or advice could I provide to help her find a place that will rent to her? [more inside]
posted by prize bull octorok on Jun 26, 2013 - 15 answers

Help figuring out whose in the right about a prorate move out date

Moving out this weekend, management company wants to charge me until new tenet moves in - whose in the right? [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 on Feb 27, 2013 - 8 answers

"You just have to believe in karma and fate... then everything will work out"

Asking for my parents: What advice to you have for first time landlords, especially with regard to the rental agreement? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 14, 2012 - 10 answers

Landlord Not Providing Habitable Apartment Due To Hurricane -- Still Responsible For Rent?

I’m currently in NY in an apartment without water, sewage, heat or electricity. I’m living elsewhere until my area gets these services back. As I understood it, an apartment without these sorts of things (not to mention the stench of sewage and sea water eating away at the belongings in the floor below and the mold that must be growing there – I think the tenants down there are simply walking away and not cleaning up) is considered uninhabitable. Aren’t renters, by law, not obligated to pay rent until these issues are fixed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 2, 2012 - 16 answers

What covers our needs without going overboard?

We own a house. Two of the floors are rented out. What is the best home insurance for us? General home insurance questions to follow. [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Oct 22, 2012 - 6 answers

Fair price of old TV

Hi I am responsible for compensating a two year old TV bought for $900 then. (A guest in my party broke and no one is owning up...ex-landlord is behind me now) Similar model (brand new) is $600 now all included and being demanded 600, citing the higher price paid then. What is a fair price that I should pay? How do I make a convincing reply ? ....please help....
posted by daveg02 on Aug 27, 2012 - 19 answers

What to ask an applicant's landlord

What should I ask my potential sublessee's current landlord? I've never been a sublessor (or landlord or even gotten random craigslist roommates) before and could use a little guidance. [more inside]
posted by juliapangolin on Feb 13, 2012 - 5 answers

I mixed business and friendship, and live to regret it.

I rented an apartment owned by a friend (big mistake). She hasn't maintained the apartment and now I'm unsure how I should handle the situation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 17, 2012 - 14 answers

You fucked up. You trusted us!

Rented my house to a bunch of jerks. Besides the usual, they broke things I don't know how to value. Help? [more inside]
posted by swngnmonk on Sep 5, 2011 - 39 answers

Fast, cheap, good, and hypoallergenic. Oh, and noise-reducing. That too.

Give me your best machine-washable sound-dampening technologies. Curtains, mostly. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on Aug 1, 2011 - 6 answers

Advice on dealing with hostile housemate?

Housemate is acting violent/threatening, land lord won't act. What can I do besides move? [more inside]
posted by wanderingchord on Jun 18, 2011 - 31 answers

What constitutes a legal 48 hour notice of entry?

WA state rental law question: What actually constitutes a legal 48 hour notice of entry? [more inside]
posted by loquacious on May 26, 2011 - 8 answers

LANDYLAWD

NYC Landlord Weirdness. Our building had two landlords, each of whom presided over different apts. 3 Apts (including ours) were managed by Landlord A, 4 by Landlord B. Now landlord B is taking over the entire building. I have some questions. [more inside]
posted by to sir with millipedes on Apr 5, 2011 - 4 answers

Is an email binding?

Can someone renew their lease via email? In California. [more inside]
posted by garuda on Mar 23, 2011 - 9 answers

Feel my pane.

Apartment rental. Subdivided house circa 1910. Help us tweak these original single-pane wood frame windows so as not to freeze. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on Feb 22, 2011 - 13 answers

What can my friend do about an unknown animal in his ceiling?

What can my friend do about an unknown animal in his ceiling? His apartment maintenance people said they'll look into it in "a few days"... [somewhat time-sensitive] [more inside]
posted by katybird on Feb 14, 2011 - 19 answers

a pane in my a$$.

should i keep my renter's deposit fee to pay for a broken window? [more inside]
posted by violetk on Feb 9, 2011 - 14 answers

Recommend an insurance broker or company for tenants' insurance in Toronto?

Can you recommend an independent insurance broker in Toronto, or alternatively an insurance company with whom you have had good experience, for taking out a tenants' insurance policy? I'd also appreciate any guidance with respect to whether it's a better idea to go with an independent broker, and risk getting stuck with a bad company at a better price, or go with a company with a better reputation even if the insurance costs more.
posted by Dasein on Dec 8, 2010 - 4 answers

insure my rental?

Renter's insurance in DC: How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by three bear minimum on Nov 23, 2010 - 7 answers

Help me deal with my crazy landlord!

What rights do I have with my landlord in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by justalisteningman on Jul 30, 2010 - 11 answers

Fake landlords

My friend, renting a room in a house, has found that the people he was renting from didn't actually own the house. He came home to find an eviction notice on his door and the locks changed. The fake landlords have moved all of their stuff out, changed their phone number, and are gone without a trace. Now my friend can't get to his stuff. [more inside]
posted by XMLicious on May 27, 2010 - 20 answers

Cool Tenant Wanted

I am about to close on my first house in three weeks and it has a small apartment underneath the main house so I am going to go from being a life-long renter to home-owner and landlord in one fell swoop. Help me to be a good landlord and attract good tenants. [more inside]
posted by Bango Skank on Apr 27, 2010 - 22 answers

My single pane windows have 1/16" thick glass, so of course I accidentally broke one!

I accidentally broke a single glass window pane in my apartment. I couldn't believe how easily it broke, but now I see that it's 1/16th of an inch thick! No wonder! Landlord wants me to pay for the repair, I want ALL my windows replaced with 1/8" panes for free! [more inside]
posted by wannaknow on Apr 9, 2010 - 34 answers

Pets allowed?

Renting the downstairs of my duplex. Should I allow dogs? Cats? Under which rules? [more inside]
posted by msalt on May 23, 2009 - 29 answers

Landlord, give me my money back!

My previous landlord never returned my security deposit ($1,650) last autumn. I live in Chicago. Do I get an attorney (and if so how do I choose one) or do I take it to small claims court myself? What are the pros/cons of either approach? [more inside]
posted by allisonrae on Feb 23, 2009 - 12 answers

Guide me to a smooth move-in and making it my home.

As a first-time renter, what should I do to avoid problems down the road, what will I forget to buy that I need, and how can I make it my home? [more inside]
posted by cgomez on Jun 17, 2008 - 39 answers

Lease extension to an awful roommate?

Roommatefilter: My roommate/renter has asked for an extension to her lease with only a week's notice; I don't like living with her, but don't have anyone waiting to move in, either. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 23, 2008 - 34 answers

unpaid rental fee

I am out side country, & my renter have missed two month payments. [more inside]
posted by curiousleo on Sep 10, 2007 - 13 answers

How to stay friendly with my super?

A year ago I moved into a lovely, large, but old apartment, on the understanding that some repairs were needed...now that they're a year overdue, how do I get them done without becoming the tenant from hell? [more inside]
posted by sarahkeebs on Sep 5, 2007 - 6 answers

Rental negotiation

I am looking for advice on forming a direct relationship with my landlord. [more inside]
posted by tellurian on Jun 15, 2007 - 11 answers

Missouri rental lease question!

Missouri rental lease question inside. [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome on May 23, 2007 - 4 answers

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