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Ask Curbed: The Bitter Pill of Rent Stabilization

There are many, many perks to living in a rent-stabilized apartments. For instance, there's the stabilized rent. But as we've seen already this week, it's not all roses, this low-rent life. Today's querier hammers home the point. To wit,

I recently signed a lease on a *rent-stabilized* one-bedroom on the UWS. I move in later this month but have already taken over the place. When I went to the building yesterday to get the keys, two things concerned me: When I viewed the apartment before signing, there was a new medicine cabinet sitting in the kitchen, seemingly waiting to be installed. And when I signed the lease, that medicine cabinet was written into the lease as the "improvement" made, thus justifying a $50/month rent
increase between the time that I looked at it and signed. But when I saw the place yesterday, the medicine cabinet was gone, and it had not been installed. I plan on talking to the super, but if he claims he has no idea what I'm talking about, what are my options?

Also, the top lock to the apartment is missing -- there's a big hole in the door where there *used* to be a lock. The super's wife claimed that I was going to have to pay a locksmith to come and install the lock, but I think providing a lock (even though there's a bottom lock already, there's a gaping hole in the door!) is the building's responsibility, not mine. Advice on both of these matters would be much appreciated -- I've not dealt with a rent-stabilized property before.All the good stuff in the comments, please.
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