I really do appreciate and use the advice I get here so if you have anything that might be helpful, feel free. For those who have not been following my story, this is the situation: I am renting half of an old farmhouse that is undergoing renovation. The old steam boiler is failing and the landlord does not want replace it and cannot afford to. I was supposed to have moved out last November but he extended it until May. I understand his position. The failure has been a gradual thing which started around December. Basically, there is a hole somewhere in the boiler and steam is escaping and going up the chimney. I was told the hole will continue to get bigger. The problem, besides having to fill the boiler 2-3 times a day, is all that heat is going up the chimney. His solution is to run a line from his hot water furnace over to my side. The problem is he wants $1000 from me, up front, which would be applied towards heating fuel until I move out. He said I could keep the thermostat at 68* day and night if I wanted to. IF I did, it would probably be a bargain but I am perfectly comfortable at keeping the thermostat at 62* to 65* during the day and 50* to 55* at night. I honestly do not think that I will go through the $1000. I told him this and it offended him as if I thought he was trying to rip me off. Well, now I am down to 1/8th a tan of fuel and he is using THAT as a guideline as to much fuel I would be using. I would say 50% went up the chimney. I do NOT want to force him to provide me with heat or withhold rent. What I think would be fair is if he ran the lines (he does the work himself) and I would pay so much a week. He said no to that. What would be fair? Any ideas?