Allerton landlord accused of not fixing mold, ceiling cracks

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An Allerton woman says she's still fighting back against her landlord over poor living conditions.

As News 12 previously reported in May, Bobbie Brooks' apartment was plagued with visible cracks in the ceiling and mold.

Nearly two months later, Brooks says nothing has changed in her apartment.

"It's still the same. You have to pull teeth in order to get things done,” says Brooks.

The Allerton resident says her longtime boyfriend suffered a stroke nine months ago and that the doctor says mold in the air is bad for his health. She also suffers from asthma.

The building’s landlord, Nikola Grishaj, told News 12 that Brooks doesn't work with management to resolve the issues.

"If she needs service, we will provide to her. She does not answer our calls, she does not allow our workers to go in, but we schedule things. She's looking for trouble. We don't want trouble,” says Grishaj.

The last time News 12 spoke to the landlord, there were 75 open violations on the building since 2006, according to the city's Housing Preservation and Development website.

Grishaj told News 12 in May that 90 percent of those were old and that HPD takes "forever" to remove them.

There are currently 87 open violations.

In a statement, HPD told News 12, "The HPD violation system is such that owners must certify that conditions have been corrected so that the violation can be removed from record. If an owner never certifies the condition, then it will remain on the owner's record."

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