Fordham tenant Jairani Mangal withholds rent for repairs to Park Avenue apartment

A tenant in Fordham is refusing to pay rent until needed repairs are made in her home. Jairani Mangal complains that her apartment at 4627

Mangal says she’ll start paying her $1,700 a month rent bill again as soon as everything is fixed.

Mangal says she’ll start paying her $1,700 a month rent bill again as soon as everything is fixed. (7/24/13)

THE BRONX - A tenant in Fordham is refusing to pay rent until needed repairs are made in her home.

Jairani Mangal complains that her apartment at 4627 Park Ave. is falling apart, with crumbling plaster, a ceiling leak, broken electrical outlets and uneven painting.

She stopped paying her $1,700 a month rent bill two months ago because of the problems, and says she’ll start paying again as soon as everything is fixed.

Building owner Chris Balaram says he’s happy to make all the repairs, but claims that the tenant doesn't provide access to the apartment and wants everything fixed her own way.

The two sides have been to court over the issues, but Balaram promises a resolution soon. 

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