If social services was paying your rent and you moved into NYC Housing. The landlord claims that you bretched the lease and owe four years of washing machine charges prior to when he saw you with the machine. Plus back rent for which you are not responsible for. The pipes were corroding, mold, vermits, flooding, water damage and sewage smell.
Simple answer yes .
However it depends on if you actually breached the lease . With regards to the machine if he can proof you heated it before they found out. Also the fact that an agency was paying rent on your behalf does not relief you of responsibility if you signed the lease
You are describing three separate issues here. Under most residential leases, and specifically under Section 8 housing contracts, the landlord cannot add charges to your base rent. The landlord cannot try to recover for some sort of phantom washing machine charge.
If the landlord claims you owe arrears in your base rent you should check your payment records and try to determine whether or not you are up to date on these payments.
The landlord is required to maintain your apartment in livable condition. This obligation is referred to as the warranty of habitability. Failure to maintain the apartment can be considered a breach of the warranty of habitability. You should call 311 to report the conditions in your apartment and request an inspection by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development ("HPD"). If the landlord still fails to repair the conditions you complain about you should sue the landlord in Housing Court to request that the City place violations for the conditions and order the landlord to correct them. You can find a link with information about HPD proceedings below.
The above constitutes general information only and should not be considered legal advice.
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