NY1 For You: Tenant At Far Rockaway Building To Take Management To Court Over Rent Charged During Sandy Aftermath
More than three months after Hurricane Sandy, some tenants in Far Rockaway continue to fight their landlords to get back rent they paid when their buildings were dark. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following NY1 For You report.
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Last month NY1 For You did a story about tenants living at Wavecrest Apartments in Far Rockaway who were outraged that their management company collected rent when the complex lacked heat and electricity for most of November following Hurricane Sandy. More than anything, tenants said they were upset by how management handled the situation.
"The bottom line of it, whether or not it's one cent or $500, I think that this is something that the landlord needed to address with the tenants," said Barbara Simpson, a tenant at the Wavecrest Apartments.
At the time, management for Wavecrest refused to comment on NY1 For You's story. Last week, NY1 For You spoke with Barbara Simpson, who said she still hasn’t heard from management, and her monthly rent statement failed to show a rent reduction. Simpson said she's decided to take action and take them to court.
NY1 talked with a spokesperson for the tenants' rights organization, Tenants and Neighbors, who said it's absolutely illegal to charge tenants rent when they are not receiving essential services.
Anyone in a similar situation who needs help can call Tenants and Neighbors at 212-608-4320 or visit www.tandn.org.