Some Washington Heights tenants finally feel safe after they turned to NY1 For You to get help fixing a decade-old security issue. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following report.
There is relief for tenants living in a Washington Heights building that hasn't had a front door with a working lock for more than a decade.
Last month NY1 For You told viewers about these concerns and an additional laundry list of other badly needed repairs, including complaints of no heat in the building.
"It was horrible because anybody can get in from the street, and you got guys, homeless people standing there, they're smoking, and it was too much," says one tenant.
After both management and the landlord did not respond to numerous requests for comment, NY1 For You contacted HPD. A spokesman told NY1 For You that over the years, the agency spent thousands to make emergency repairs to some of the most hazardous violations in the building. He went on to say that the agency had no intention of letting the owners walk away from their responsibility to the tenants.
Now, residents are happy to see results.
In addition to the door, tenants are also happy to have their heat back.
"There's actually heat running 24/7 now," says tenant Michael Mercado. "I'm happy with the results. It helped a lot."
Tenants hope that the long-awaited action means that management is turning over a new leaf.