Contact a local landlord/tenant attorney. They will be able to work with you to achieve your goal. You may be able to deduct a portion of your rent until the repairs are made, this is known as a rent abatement. It is impossible to give you a solid answer without reviewing your lease (if there is one) and the conditions that you mention. Good luck.
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I agree with my colleague, have an experienced landlord/tenant attorney review your claims. I would not advise withholding rent unless advised to do so by your attorney. Most attorneys offer free consultations prior to taking your case.
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Consult with a local landlord tenant lawyer and do not withhold rent until you speak with him. You may want to sue for a rent abatement and repairs.
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Dear Ronkonkoma Tenant:
Are you living in a basement apartment? If so, then it is likely your dwelling is not legal and the landlord will not install a stove to avoid the penalty of having an additional residential unit in the building.
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The short answer to your question is maybe. You need to speak with a local landlord tenant attorney to have a confidential consultation. You may be in a situation that justifies withholding rent, but I can't definitively say so based on your description.
As a practical concern, withholding rent is not an excuse to not pay rent. It is best done with an attorney's assistance. When I get myself caught up in cases involving the statutory implied warranty of habitability, there is a fine line between conditioning rent on the completion of repairs and the appearance of not wanting to pay rent. In my experience, the people who do not work with an attorney to withhold rent put out the appearance of the latter.
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