Ceilings Leaking -- Several of ThemNot sure how to proceed here....I consulted (free) two attorneys re: my NYC apt. multiple alarming ceiling water leaks situation (one has threatened the integrity of my bedroom ceiling). Both attorneys advised me to withhold rent but their modus operandi differs from there. The first one said to not bother with him as an attorney but to go through the city's Housing Court/DEP, which would basically be free (but slow and strangled by red tape). The second attorney would charge a retainer fee of $1500 but could possibly get me "loss of habitability" (something that would be aggravated if they tore down multiple ceilings in several rooms and started from scratch, as they promised to) plus a possible year's rent abatement, plus a stay at a reasonable hotel (something heretofore my landlord has outright told he wouldn't spring for). There is also possible several years' abatement, as my bathroom ceiling completely collapsed in a very similar situation about 10 years ago, narrowly missing me as I stepped into the shower, burying in rubble the slippers I left on the side of the bathtub as wekk as the whole bathrrom. Just curious which path I shoudl select? I am inclined despite the retainer requested to go with the second attorney. I know nothing is guaranteed and I risk alienating a 20+-year-relationship with my landlord (come to think of it, it's never been a great relationship, so what am I losing?). What do you think?October 02 2013 - Chelsea00YesReport a ProblemProblemSelect oneOffensive contentIrrelevant contentSpam (pure self-promotion)OtherDetailsYour emailPlease enter a valid email address.Submit CancelContent flaggedWe will review this content. Thanks for helping make the site more useful to everyone. To learn more, read Zillow's Good Neighbor Policy.We're sorry. This service is temporarily unavailable. Please come back later and try again.