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Can I take legal action against my landlord for no heat and no hot water in NYC.

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This has happened twice this winter where we have had no heat or no hot water.
What legal action do I have.

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File an HPD action in landlord tenant court. They will send an inspector to report back to the judge. When you go to court you will have a city lawyer represent you to require the landlord to repair all the violations and schedule an access date and time to get into your apartment to make repairs inside if necessary. Good Luck.

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Dear can I take legal action against my landlord for no heat and hot water?

Yes you can. There is a court proceeding you can use known as an HP Proceeding brought by a tenant in Housing Court against the landlord to compel repairs, a court order to correct, and the imposition by the City of fines and penalties, against the landlord.

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Inadequate heat and loss of heat or no heat, are among the most troubling of landlord deprivations for a tenant to prove if caught in a court case. Without the city issuing violations the chance that you could prove the lack of heat is not great. Tenants are often instructed to maintain daily written records of temperature inside the home and outdoor temperature to establish the lack of heat for the time when there is no violation recorded.

Make telephone call complaints of lack of heat and hot water to 311. You can make daily calls or as often as needed to assure that an inspector will come to your home.

You start the legal process by sending written notice to the landlord. You make sure to keep proof that you sent written notice to the landlord.

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Good luck.

The answer provided to you is in the nature of general information. The general proposition being that you should try to avoid a bad outcome if you can.


Go to landlord tenant court and commence an HP proceedings against the landlord. Go now!

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