Gowanus artist Margaret Maugenest hasn’t paid rent on her loft since 2003 because her building was crappy. The state Court of Appeals ruled yesterday she doesn’t have to because her landlord han’t kept the building up to standards. So if you’ve ever thought of holding back your rent until your landlord fixes up your crumbling apartment, this ruling is a nice arrow in your quiver:
“In the absence of compliance, the law’s command is quite clear,” said the decision, written by Judge Robert S. Smith, according to the Times.
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