I live in a rental apartment in Chinatown, New York area.
My building had its gas turned off by ConEd because of a faulty pipe. Talking to the super, it seems the landlord as no immediate plans to fix this.
With my next rent check, I intend to ask for a rent abatement until the gas supply is resumed. My rent is about $2000. There is no possibility of forming any sort of tenant group.
What is a typical rent abatement percentage for such a situation.
Talking with the landlord's surrogate, I believe the landlord will give the letter I write to a lawyer, and then reply that he will not agree to the rent abatement. Is there any language, non threatening language, I should place in the letter, so that the lawyer is more apt encourage the landlord to pay?
I have a good relationship with the landlord's surrogate and always pay on the 1st of the month.