Defective Light Fixture
LVT Number: 12571
Tenant complained of a reduction in services, claiming that the bathroom lights didn't work properly and required a 15 watt rapid start ballast. Landlord claimed that it wasn't responsible for the lights because they burn out over time. The DRA ruled for tenant based on an inspection showing that the light fixture was defective. Landlord appealed, claiming that it wasn't landlord's responsibility to replace a ballast in a fluorescent light fixture. The DHCR ruled against landlord. Tenant's rent was reduced because the light fixture didn't work, not because a ballast needed to be replaced.
300 Apartment Assocs.: DHCR Adm. Rev. Dckt. No. KL910058RO (1/22/98) [3-page document]