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Evacuated Bronx Apartment Tenants Take Concerns To City Officials

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Tenants of a Bronx apartment building evacuated last week because the owner removed the building's fire escapes said Tuesday they aren't receiving the benefits they were promised.

The tenants said Goldfarb Properties, which owns the University Heights building, promised to pay them $120 a day for hotels.

Instead, they said the owner is deducting payments from the June rent, even though tenants and NY1 were told they wouldn't be responsible for the rent.

Residents were evacuated last week when the building was declared unsafe after fire escapes were removed without a permit.

Tenants met with city officials on Tuesday to figure out their rights.

"It's terrible," said one resident. "I'm passing through all these things because of him taking off the fire escapes."

"The situation was one in which they felt that there was no rent that was going to be charged," said City Councilman Fernando Cabrera of the Bronx.

NY1 was unable to reach the owner of the building for comment.

Sources said it could take up to eight weeks to replace the fire escapes.

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