Would you be able to help me with a problem I am having with the owners of the apt I live in? The owners decided to put lock boxes on all the tenants thermostats to prevent tenants from abusing gas heating during wintertime. I removed this box and the president of the real estate company (who is a lawyer) sent me a letter stating that I must pay a $200 fine or else they will cancel my lease. Included were bulleted sentences: "A sumons to answer a request for a writ of possession has been filed in the County Court." "Lieu of all fees, fines and legal action costs." "Forfeiture of any deposit you have." "All the above and a possible lease acceleration fee will be turned over to our Credit Collection Service." There is nothing in my lease that says they can put a lock box on my thermostat. Nor does it say that I will be fined $200 for removing that box. In addition I believe this apartment's president has violated a few laws as well. What government dept. could I contact when a Real Estate company allows too many people to live in a certain sized apartment? What can I do about their neglectful maintenance and upkeep of the buildings? Can someone help me with a return letter to this organization that might protect me from their threats?
Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.