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NY1 For You: Brooklyn Tenants Affected By Fire Say Landlord Dialogue Moving Forward

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Some Brooklyn tenants turned to "NY1 For You" after years of unresolved problems in their building, and now management is signing a different tune. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following report.

Charred and destroyed, that's how several apartments have sat for months since a fire ripped through the upper floors of a rental building in Clinton Hill.

"I'm still without light in three parts of my apartment because it was shut off by the fire," says Coydette Beharie, a tenant.

"There were tenants that were living in there, they have decided because management did nothing that they just had to move," says Bonita Savage, a building tenant.

It's just one of a long list of problems tenants reported to "NY1 For You" two weeks ago. At the time, NY1 reported how they claimed the 35 unit building was riddled with problems including a broken elevator, a damaged roof and mold just to name a few -- problems residents said were not addressed by management.

"It's like you call and they disregard your calls, they don't come out," says Carol Pena, a building tenant.

"I've been going to court with the same issues over and over and over again. I've been in court 10 years with the same issues," says Enelda Gillett, a building tenant.

At the time, NY1 reached out repeatedly to the building's management, Prospect Management Inc., for comment but didn't hear back.

NY1 then contacted the city Department of Buildings and found there were several open violations for the building and over $14,000 owed in fines. HPD and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development also had over a hundred violations on record for this building and issued vacate orders for six units due to the fire damage.

After the story aired, tenants said management finally started to communicate with them. Residents say management has apologized for the delay and asked for the opportunity to show them that they will be accountable for the things that need to be fixed.

Tenants are cautiously optimistic and wait to see if management delivers on its word.

NY1 reached out to Prospect Management again for comment but have not heard back as of Tuesday.

"NY1 For You" will continue to follow the story.

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