Woman says ceiling collapse in Flatbush home followed years of constant leaks

News 12 reached out to the building’s management company to try to get in touch with the landlord but has not heard back yet.

News 12 Staff

Jul 9, 2021, 9:32 PM

Updated 1,101 days ago

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A Brooklyn woman says she feels scared and unsafe after the ceiling in her Flatbush home partially collapsed--an issue she says has been ongoing for years. 
Liga McDougall has been a tenant at East 37th Street for seven years. For the past four years, she says she’s been constantly dealing with a leak in her ceiling. 
She says her ceiling collapsed from that water damage just days ago. 
McDougall tells News 12 that water leaks from the ceiling and goes onto the ground and even into the shower, leaving debris inside of her tub. 
She also says water goes into the walls of her bedroom and kitchen, which are adjacent to the bathroom and causes the walls to crack. She says that for years, the water has been destroying her ceiling and that the landlord will have someone come and make a temporary fix every few months--while not addressing the actual problem that is causing the leaking. 
McDougall says someone arrived on Thursday to put boards over the gaping hole and that someone is supposed to be coming to fix her ceiling. 
However, she says that after years of dealing with the ongoing issue, she worries that the same problem will happen again in the near future. 
She says a recent inspection of her home by the New York City Department of Housing and Preservation and Development found 15 violations inside the apartment. 
She says that if a permanent fix doesn’t come soon, she’ll be looking into her rights as a tenant and could possibly pursue legal action. 
News 12 reached out to the building’s management company to try to get in touch with the landlord but has not heard back yet. 


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