Brooklyn, NY asked in Construction Law and Landlord - Tenant for New York

Q: I moved two weeks ago to an apartment that is going through construction. Nobody told us it will take 3 months.

The realtor told us they are fixing the windows and it will take in till mid summer, that’s why we signed because our windows were done already.

A week after we move in,the management sends out a note that the Terri’s is going through a whole construction and we can’t go out to the Terri’s for full three months. Important to say it’s our only airway in the whole house!

Is there anything we can do? We feel scamed , that the only thing they wanted to do if fill tenanse in the apartment.

Thank you !

1 Lawyer Answer
Elaine Shay
Elaine Shay
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: Depending upon the specifics of your situation and how the repairs impact your tenancy, you may be entitled to a rent abatement or possibly recision of your lease. However, don't expect the landlord to be happy about it or easy to deal with. You may do better retaining an attorney to negotiate a resolution on your behalf.

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