Galloway and Collens, PLLC
248-397-5507
248-397-5507

Tenants sue after enduring 7 months without gas for cooking

As people here in Michigan are aware, landlord-tenant disputes can happen anywhere; and although many of them can be resolved without assistance from legal representation, some cases are simply too difficult to sort out without the help of a court judge.

This will likely be the case for residents in a New York apartment building who have filed a lawsuit against their landlord to reclaim money they claim to have paid in their rent for services they did not have access to for almost seven months.

The complain stems from an August 2011 incident in which an electrical fire tore through parts of the apartment building, condemning 14 units and leaving the remaining 58 without cooking gas for stoves until February 2012. A spokesperson for the apartment building says that normally, maintenance issues like this are handled as soon as possible, but claims that tenants were instructed to deny access to their units by the group Community Action for Safe Apartments.

A lawyer currently handling the case believes that the tenant is using the denied access as an excuse for not making the repairs quickly and has openly accused the property owner of "circulating ... scurrilous statements."

The 30 tenants involved in the lawsuit have filed their complaint with a small claims court and have requested that the tenant repay them one-third of the rent paid during the months without gas.

Michigan residents are no strangers to landlord-tenant disagreements such as this. When one side is constantly pointing the finger at the other party, placement of blame can often times get misplaced. That's why in situations like this it's always a good idea to get help from a real estate law expert who can get sort out disputes like this before they turn into ugly court cases down the road.

Source: The New York Daily News, "Tenants at 1520 Sheridan Ave. in Mount Eden seek rent abatement for seven months without cooking gas," Kerry Wills, Jan. 18, 2013

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • dbusiness - 2016 Top Lawyers
  • dbusiness - Top Lawyers
  • Lead Counsel Rated Attorney
  • Senior & Caregiver
  • American Appartment Owners Association - Member since 2015
  • Same Address
  • ICLE Contributor
Email Us For A Response

Contact Our Metro Detroit Attorneys

Our law firm is ready to help. Contact the real estate and estate planning attorneys at Galloway and Collens, PLLC, by calling 248-397-5507.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

26075 Woodward Avenue Suite 200 Huntington Woods, MI 48070-1341 Toll Free: 888-349-0309 Phone: 248-397-5507 Fax: 248-545-2520 Huntington Woods Law Office Map