Renovations and heat problems--can this really be legal?
I live in a 2-family house. Just last week, the boiler that provides the heat to my apartment (we have radiators) broke. The landlord informed me that he isn't going to fix it right away, since there are only 3 weeks left of winter so it shouldn't be very cold for much longer, and he has decided he wants to re-do the heating system in our apartment anyway (replace the radiators with baseboard untis.) He provided us with space heaters (one of which nearly started a fire in my living room), but if he isn't doing anything to correct the heating problem immediately, I doubt that is an acceptable solution, legally.
Secondly, I am not too sure how legal it is for him to come in and make major renovations that aren't absolutely necessary while I am still living in it. Just because he gets a bee in his bonnet about doing this, does that mean that I am going to have to deal with strangers tearing up walls and floors in my house?
I should add that the landlord has also decided that he wants to redo the bathroom in my apartment. I'm just boggled by the whole thing, as it seems that the landlord is determined to behave as if I am not here. I am not a bad tenant--I pay my rent on time, I am quiet, I don't destroy the place or anything like that. I just value my privacy and don't feel that I should pay what I am paying in rent to have it invaded like this.