My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: New York
We rent an older home that our landlord intends to live in at some point. So they decided to renovate the walk-up attic while replacing the roof. The rub is that the house has very little living space and we stored one-third of our household goods in the attic. Our land lord asked us to move our belongings to the basement. On top of reducing our living space it was a hassle to move over 3,000 lbs of stuff down two stories. Now the Semi-finished basement is of no use since itís packed. Thatís problem number one.
Problem number two is the contractor is an ass, threw my satellite dish on the ground, confiscated my trash barrels and worse yet, threw out our oak bookcase that was too tall and big for the basement. That was from lack of communication between the landlord and the contractor, no one asked me.
Problem number three is that the landlord expected me to let the contractors have free access to the home while we left for vacation. I didnít find this acceptable so I replaced the deadbolt to the attic and one on a door to the outside. I understand that isnít right, but the landlords have a history of letting themselves in, once they even woke me up. I have a 22 yo daughter and this pissed me off when it happened, had she been coming out of the shower or something I may have laid the landlord out.
Problem number four, the contractors were using my electricity to run their equipment. Being an older home they tripped breakers, once while I was taking an online exam for school.
Problem number five, the noise was very difficult as they were throwing the wood around in the attic and I was trying to attend school online.
My wife received a call on her cell phone and I guess my landlord is livid as they went to do the final walkthrough to check the contractors work and discovered that I had changed the deadbolt. I plan on replacing the original when I return home this weekend.
We need to stay until next June because we plan on moving to Georgia and it would really stretch the budget another move now.