This story illustrates why I generally don’t like to get involved in landlord-tenant disputes. There’s always another twist and they never seem to end.
James Wilkey lives in Ridgewood, Queens. He says he moved into the apartment in February 2012. A friend moved into the other bedroom. And the landlord, Israel Ramos was his roommate’s friend.
James says eventually his friend’s son moved in to the adjoining room. When there was a problem with the son being late with his share of the rent, then the electricity was turned off.
“So you haven’t had electricity since May 16th?” I asked James.
“I’m running on a generator and everything since May 16th,” he confirmed.
James took the landlord to court. He has a judgment telling Israel Ramos to turn the power back on.
But now the point of contention: Landlord Ramos told Con Ed that Jim moved into the place in 2011. But he can’t produce a lease Jim ever signed. Con Ed won’t turn the power on without a letter agreeing on a start date signed by both Ramos and Wilkey. And James Wilkey won’t sign a letter that says he moved in in 2011.
James Wilkey has a generator outside supplying some power. And he plans to move out as soon as he can.
You see why I don’t like doing landlord-tenant stories?