Q: Can my landlord require proof of my chronic illness to make a repair?
The intercom and buzzer for my apartment hasn't worked in over a year. My building management has claimed over the same year that they are waiting on a chip to replace the entire system. In the interim, Ive requested an electrician look at the current system to see if a temporary solution can be achieved.
I told my landlord that I live with a chronic illness that impacts my mobility at times, an that the lack of a working buzzer and intercom is a major inconvenience.
They are asking for proof of my chronic illness before they take action. Am I required to provide them with proof?
A: They should fix it regardless of any medical condition you may have. Contact the code department
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A: NYS Multiple Dwelling Law Sec. 50-a, regulates entrances: doors, locks and intercommunication systems in building that meet the criteria. Your landlord/ management company has to have the intercom and buzzer. The owner should explain why it is taking a year to fix the intercom and buzzer system. File a complaint with HPD to see if they comply within HPD's time to fix the buzzer system. This is a violation and the management company's audacity to request your personal health information in order to do what is imposed upon them by statute may be a form of harassment! Also, the management company is prevented by law from retaliating against you in any way for complaining to HPD.
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