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Everyone in New York has a terrible landlord story.

Mine is that the lightbulbs in my apartment’s hallway went out. Well, first one went out and it was dim for a few months and then the second went out and then for days it was just dark and no one did anything about it. So finally I told my landlord I was going to buy new bulbs and the landlord, Dorothea, said, OK, but make sure they’re the new light bulbs (LED or CFL rather than incandescent) and I said, Sure, and she said I should deduct the cost from my rent check and staple the receipt to the check, which seemed like a lot of fuss, but I did it.


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