Crown Heights woman says she is still homeless 1-year after apartment fire

A Brooklyn woman says she is still fighting for her life and her livelihood following a fire in her Crown Heights apartment last April.

News 12 Staff

Jul 10, 2020, 11:28 PM

Updated 1,416 days ago

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A Brooklyn woman says she is still fighting for her life and her livelihood following a fire in her Crown Heights apartment last April. 
Lilian Hamilton says her landlord is failing to comply with city and court orders, leaving her and her husband homeless. 
Hamilton says a fire erupted in her apartment bathroom in April 2019 and that she hasn’t been back yet. She says she lived in that apartment for 17 years. 
“I'm living outside on the street, I sleep in laundromats, I sleep in apartment buildings where there are lobbies,” said Hamilton. 
According to Hamilton’s legal team, the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development issued a vacate order due to the condition of the apartment and a repair order to the landlord to make all necessary repairs. 
After months of no response from the landlord, Hamilton’s legal team tells News 12 the housing court's ruling was for the rent-stabilized apartment to be repaired. 
The legal team says Hamilton’s apartment should have been repaired last month. Since June 5 has passed, Hamilton’s lawyer has filed a third motion for civil and criminal contempt. 
Hamilton tells News 12 she just wants to go home. “This is all I'm asking for, have some mercy,” said Hamilton.
 


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