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Posted over 4 years ago.

I am a tenant in a single family home in Warren NJ, power out, no water (we have a well) for 8 days now. Power not expected until friday nov 9th at the earliest. My landlord lives a half of mile away and has a generator. Does my landlord have an obligation to get me a generator? What are my rights? We've been using the fireplace but the back draft is so bad, house incredibly smokey and the fumes make me nauseas, I can't make anymore fires. Noreaster coming tomorrow its in the mid 20's at night, tons of trees on power lines in neighborhood that haven't been touched, I truly anticipate power restoration won't be until next week. Any advice would be so greatl appreciated, thank you!!!!! Dede Kotler

Steven Warren Smollens
Steven Warren Smollens, Landlord / Tenant Lawyer - New York, NY
Posted over 4 years ago.

Dear Dede Kotler:

You should have the flue inspected as a bad draft is a sure sign something is wrong with the chimney vent flue system.
Your landlord knows his legal responsibility. He chose not to fulfill his obligation to you. You have the resources at hand relating to New Jersey law so you know your landlord must provide essential services and cannot withhold essential services while waiting for insurance. You could make a complaint to your local code enforcement office. And you should make certain you have written proof that you complained to your landlord and he turned you down.
Good luck.