12:42PM | 08/04/04
Member Since: 08/03/04
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Hi there,

I've recently moved into an apartment with a few, "rustic" features. The most pressing of these is a very old gas stove (we're thinking late 1960s/early 1970s). The back burners don't work (pilot problem, we think), the oven dial is creaky and I'm not convinced it heats properly, and the door comes off nearly every time we open it. It's also uncleanably filthy

Before moving in, my roommates and I did a very thorough appraisal of the work that needed to be done on the house. We made our landlord, who has clearly quick-fixed a lot of stuff in the past, sign an addendum to the lease, which included a clause that the stove be inspected by a licensed technician and declared safe and in good working order. If not, it had to be replaced.

I can sense that the landlord is already trying to sidestep this, and I'm just imagining some shady gas technician showing up, declaring "They don't build 'em like that anymore" and leaving us in the lurch. I'd like to make sure that we know what we're talking about, and that we're on solid ground asking (or demanding) that it be replaced if necessary.

So my question is what makes a stove unusable and/or unsafe, and at what point most people look to replace it. We also pay for our own utilities, and I'm curious whether the gas usage on an old stove vs. a new one would show up in our bills.

Thanks very much for any help you can offer. If all goes well, I'll post about our kitchen sink, which was clearly pipefitted by Picasso.

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