So, we have a stabilized apartment with a fairly gross kitchen. After the LL saying we could renovate it ourselves, he suddenly decided (upon further reflection on his ability to raise our rent) to do it himself, with his crew of… uh… artisans.
We’re a little pissy about the sudden switch and the corresponding loss of quality and increase in rent, but if it means the kitchen is actually usable, we’re probably fine with it.
My question is this- we want some sort of ballpark figure from him of what the reno will cost, so we can determine if the corresponding bump in rent is really worth it to us. If he gives us a number that’s ridiculous (or refuses to give a #) can we refuse to let him renovate the kitchen?
It seems like the answer would be an obvious yes, but I wasn’t sure. And yes, I realize that we can’t renovate it either at that point. But we’d rather try and scrub the filth off and repaint the cabinets than pay $200 more rent per month for the next 20 years.