Tenants: Apartment repair requests are ‘swept under the rug’ by landlord
Tenants from three buildings in Crown Heights rallied on Monday after they say apartment repair requests have been swept under the rug from their landlord.
The tenants held an “emergency rally” on Eastern Parkway after they claim their cries for “much needed” repairs have fallen to deaf ears by landlord Lewis Barbanel and Barberry Rose Management.
They say Saturday was the last straw when tenant Jessica Diggs’ ceiling collapsed on top of her. Diggs lives on the second floor at 1193 Eastern Parkway.
Diggs passed out and spent the night in the emergency room--suffering multiple injuries. She claims she sent multiple reports about her ceiling for the last months, but that no one responded.
Lorna Jordan lives in the building next door and says she experienced the same situation.
“I don't understand if something needs to be fixed for someone that's paying the rent, why in the name of the lord can it not be done?” said Jordan.
However, 45 minutes before the rally, the landlord responded to Diggs and sent a crew out to make repairs to her bathroom.
Barberry Rose Management released a statement saying, “BRM will make all necessary repairs and comply with all NYS & NYC codes/rules. Multiple access dates must be coordinated with the Super and Property Manager in order to complete these. The open violations have been corrected, and we are waiting for inspection dates from HPD to get them removed from record.”