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NY1 For You:Washington Heights Building Gets Needed Repairs, But Still Missing Locks

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After NY1 reported on poor conditions at a building in Washington Heights, the management started to make changes, but still has not fixed a decade-old problem with the front-door locks. Susan Jhun filed the following NY1 For You report.

Residents living in a Washington Heights building say their front entrance has been unsecured and without a working lock for more than a decade.

“I always come prepared inside the building,” said tenant Matthew Mercado. “I always look to the right and the left before I go upstairs and I'm sure I'm not the only one that feels like that.”

It's an unnecessary risk tenants say they are forced to take every time they walk through the front door.

“It's not fair for whoever is the landlord to do this. He doesn’t care about nobody's safety here,” Mercado added.

Last month NY1 told you about these concerns and an additional laundry list of other badly needed repairs, including complaints of no heat in the building. We checked back in with residents and found out that the heat is finally on and repairs are being made to the roof and sides of the building. However, they say nothing has been done about the broken locks.

Both management and the landlord have not responded to our numerous requests for comment. A spokesman from HPD told us over the years it spent thousands to make emergency repairs to some of the most hazardous violations in the building. He went on to say the agency has no intention of letting the owners walk away from their responsibility to the tenants.

Residents hope action happens sooner than later.

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