Chipped and peeling fire escape isn't minor condition: #23375.

Position:RENT REDUCTION ORDERED - Brief article
 
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Tenant complained of a reduction in services. The DRA ruled for tenant and reduced his rent. Landlord later sought rent restoration based on the restoration of services. The DRA ruled against landlord, who appealed and lost. Landlord claimed that the fire escape was in good, sound, and safe condition, and that the rust and chipped and peeling paint on the fire escape were a de minimis--that is, minor--condition. But a "de minimis" claim doesn't apply to a rent restoration application, only to an initial...

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