My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: NEW YORK (poughkeepsie)
I recently rented a room in a shared house. While my landlord was showing me around, he pointed out several things that needed repair and should not be used (mostly doors). However, he made no mention about the windows. (the entire house is old, paint is chipped and badly peeling, several doors leading outside are in poor repair, the windows are also old and have been painted over many times causing them to stick (but the rent is very low and I will be there temporarily...which is the only reason why i rented))
I opened the windows in my room. There is one window that has a large crack at the bottom of the frame (part surrounding the glass), but since it was very obvious that the crack has been present for a while, I didn't think it was a cause for concern. There is visible evidence that the crack is old; there is paint going over the edges of the crack which could not happen if the crack was new.
He claims that I further damaged the window, however, I see no evidence of this. And now he says that I cannot open any windows, even the two that do open, until all of the repairs have been made. I think that he is trying to find any excuse to get me to pay for the repair and I am worried that he will try to take the money from my deposit.
Please advise... What are my options if he does try to do this?