Hoboken Legal Beagle – 7/22/2008
Yep, yet another “mini” Hoboken411 Legal Beagle entry today…
“I have lived at the Archstone Hoboken Apartments for approximately 1 year. Recently, there was a fire in the laundry room which resulted in over 500 dollars worth of damage to my property which Archstone refused to reimburse the entire amount. Just last week (July 14-20) there have been 2 false fire alarms in the building caused by faulty wiring in which the fire alarms sounded for over an hour each time. At over 3000/month for a one bedroom apartment, these living are unreasonable for the amount of money I am paying to live in such an environment. Is there legal/monetary remedy for these inconviences? ”
411 Legal Beagle says:
Honestly, there is no cut & dry legal remedy for these inconveniences on a one to one basis.
The only thing that might reasonable work is a rent strike by all the tenants, but with the Landlords ability to raise rents, even though retaliatory rent increases are illegal, I do not believe you would get a majority of tenants to hold back their rent.
The better question might be if you can get out of your lease early because of the landlord’s failure to maintain the building, that may be more possible then getting any relief in court.
Frankly speaking, $3,000 a month for a one bedroom unit that building is too much, its like $2,500-2,800 on the waterfront.
You ever consider moving out? Why submit to such torture?