Aggravated residents sue landlord, city agencies for unsafe living conditions

Reports of rats, roaches, trash and mold litter the building.

News 12 Staff

Jul 18, 2019, 2:12 AM

Updated 1,792 days ago

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Displaced tenants are suing their landlord and city agencies for unsecure and unsafe conditions after a three-alarm fire last February
Some say they haven’t even been able to move back in.
25 tenants are suing the landlord, saying they live like second-class citizens.
Reports of rats, roaches, trash and mold litter the building. 
Residents say the building is also unsecure, and that some doors and mailboxes in the complex don’t lock.
One tenant even said her home was burglarized twice this year.
The building's landlord didn't respond to News 12’s request for comment, but Housing Preservation and Development told News 12, “Tenant safety is of utmost importance. Building owners must follow their legal obligation to maintain safe and habitable conditions for their residents. We will continue to monitor the conditions at these properties and explore the use of every appropriate tool at our disposal to hold this owner accountable."
City sources say the property on East 163rd street has more than $62,000 in emergency repairs and fees for Housing Preservation and Development-conducted work on premises.
 


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