Can our landlord refuse to repair or change a gas leaking stove because there was no rent increase?

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Can our landlord refuse to repair or change a gas leaking stove because there was no rent increase?

Asked on August 30, 2012 under Real Estate Law, New York

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Conceivably your landlord can refuse to make needed repairs or replacement of the gas stove that seems to be causing a danger to you and the unit due to a gas leak because there was no rent increase. However, failure to do so could subject the landlord to damages if someone gets hurt as a result of the inaction.

I suggest that you shut off the gas to the stove immediately and contact the local building and permit department as well as the health department about the gas leak and request an inspection of the unit and the stove. If the stove is deemed dangerous, the landlord will be required to make the needed repair or replacement immediately.


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