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Commercial Lease

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Brooklyn, New York
I have a Standard Loft Lease [with addendums] with a space in a commercial building. The lease states we use it for studio space, but we use it for residential purposes with the owners knowledge and permission (4 of the 13 spaces are used for residential purposes). My space doesn't fall under the New York City Loft Board (although several spaces in the building do apparantly).
My landlord-Kalmon Dolgin, have refused to pay for repairs, etc which I believe them responsible for (i.e. elevator lock to our floor). Where can i find information on the rights of commercial lessees, or who can help me to interpret my lease so i can talk to my landlord? I tell them the lease states the elevator is their responsibilty and they sarcastically say sorry and hang up. How do I get them to do what they legally should do when it is not in their best interest, when they know I probably wont sue over small amounts of money (which are huge amounts to a poor student like me)?
they have even said "you can sue me if you want" implying they knew they were wrong to make me pay. I am a 22 year old female. if they are sexist and ageist landlords [i dont know if they are] would it help to get someone they may take more seriusly, even if it is not a lawyer, an older man, etc? i have 6 roommates who cannot use the elevator because my landlord refuses to fix the lock himself and 2 of them are supposed to be moving out in two days. Please help!! things like this have happened frequently.

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