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Re: No Heat for 5 days and a rent increase to boot!
Posted by Gerry on 2/17/2012, 11:49:29, in reply to "No Heat for 5 days and a rent increase to boot!"
Apply as a group to the LTB and see what you can get in regards to a rent rebate. If he has already agreed to a $200 rebate you may not be able to get any more. Although he was slow to start he is attempting to resolve the issues. The cost of the heaters should be his not the tenants unless the tenants should chose to keep them. |
The rent increase is a unrelated issue, if you have not had a increase for 12 months it is legal and not relevant to the other matters.
: Hi there.
: 1) Our building has been without heat for 5
: days (since Thursday, February 9th at around
: 3pm). The landlord was on vacation until
: last night (Sunday) and unreachable. The
: superintendent and someone helping the super
: determined that the problem (apparently) is
: in the piping under the building - a pipe
: burst, we have rads. It is my understanding
: that it is illegal to not have heat at 21
: degrees celcius in an apartment from the
: 15Th day of September in each year to the
: 1st day of June. The landlord last night
: said that this illegality doesn't apply here
: because he did not purposefully turn off the
: heat, but rather it was an "Act of
: God/force majeure" that the pipe burst
: and that he would start looking for the
: problem today (so far we still have no heat
: and no further news of what is going on). Do
: we have any legal recourse should this lack
: of heat continue ad nauseum? We had a
: situation a year ago where the same thing
: happened and we had no heat at all until the
: middle of November or so. (I should add that
: the tenants in the building that this is
: affecting (6 of us) got together in an ad
: hoc meeting with the landlord last night to
: see what we could do. We have been told that
: we can buy space heaters and take the cost
: of them out of our rent, as well as they
: will pay the difference in the hydro from
: the last bill to next, and we have
: negotiated a small rent reduction with the
: landlord for March - $200- that we have said
: we will revisit if this continues beyond
: tomorrow). But, I am still wondering if he
: is correct about his escaping the illegality
: of this and if we could or should fight for
: major rent reductions if it is not fixed
: soon. One or two small electric heaters do
: not heat our apartment. How long is too long
: for us to wait, what are our rights in this
: scenario, and what is reasonable to ask for?
: Should we call the city building inspectors?
: 2) Our building's property value was
: recently reassessed by the city. It went
: down by a small fraction of a percentage
: (0.74%), effective February 1, 2012. The
: official letter we received from the city
: informing us of this states that we do not
: have to ask for permission from the landlord
: for the reduction, that we should just go
: ahead and deduct that amount from our rent
: at the above date. Which we did. A week
: after we handed in our February rent the
: landlord turned around and hit the
: apartments with a 3.1% rent increase
: starting May 1, 2012. When the tenants were
: talking with him last night and expressing
: our frustrations with the building from the
: heat issues, to having no water hot water
: for 3 days over the xmas holidays, to the
: fact that the building is never cleaned, to
: his taking up to a year to make repairs, etc
: etc, he basically admitted that he wasn't
: going to increase your rent but because we
: followed through on the reduction on our
: rent immediately he basically did it to
: spite us. Is it legal for him to raise our
: rent so soon after the decrease, even though
: he will be paying less taxes on the property
: and has so many terrible mechanical and
: maintenance issues with the building? Do we
: have any recourse to get him to roll back
: the increase, or is there any reason based
: on the problems that the building has that
: would make it illegal for him to raise the
: rent period?
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