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Coming to complain about upstairs construction and maybe you guys will just tell me to suck it up. But is there anything I can do about: 1) construction that was supposed to only be 1 week going on week 3, 2) debris from the construction coming into my apt from various access points (prob due to shoddy construct. from before), 3) shutting off my water without notice, and 4) extremely loud sanding/flooring work that prohibits me from being able to do my job, take any calls, etc. (I WFH).

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Have you talked to your super or landlord about this?

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Yes.

1) is not legally actionable. 2) and 3) may be legally actionable if you can prove damages. 4) is especially not legally actionable (it's what you sign up for living in a building with thousands of other people)

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Just a slightly related suggestion re noise: download krisp.ai

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This looks interesting, thanks.

First complain to the super or landlord, but if they don’t do anything, check with the city whether there’s a permit for the construction. If not they will shut it down. The rest of your complains may violate the warranty of habitability that the landlord is responsible for. It seems like debris coming into your apartment would be a violation. https://ag.ny.gov/sites/default/files/tenants_rights.pdf

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The debris coming in is actionable. The other stuff is probably tough luck. I suffered with this for over a year and I was a total pushover and kept paying my rent and in retrospect I wish I had been more assertive and I wish I would have withheld rent. You can make the argument that the warranty of habitability has been violated. I would consult a lawyer or a pro bono legal org and take the steps to withhold rent.

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I'm pretty sure that recent law of tenant protections forbids landlords from reviewing court records and discriminating based thereupon Also, it doesn't force anyone to go to court necessarily. Landlords can approach you and negotiate something. But you better have a good case and be acting in good faith. The debris in my apartment was so awful that it was covering all of my dishes every single day and the place was truly unlivable. I should not have let them get away with it.

Thanks, all.

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