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NY1 For You: Bronx Tenant Whose Ceiling Flooded Concerned Repairs Won't Hold Up

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One Bronx tenant says she fears the repairs made to her apartment aren't good enough to prevent her ceilings from collapsing again. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following NY1 For You report.

The state of Elizabeth Jenkin's ceilings appears to be a vast improvement over last month, but Jenkins says, in this case, looks are deceiving.

"It's not done professionally or correctly," Jenkins says.

That's Jenkin's assessment of work performed after she contacted NY1 for help with her flooded and collapsed kitchen, living room and bathroom ceilings.

Back in May, the Bronx tenant told us she repeatedly tried but failed to get her landlord to fix her ceilings. In addition to not having a roof over her head, Jenkins was worried about a potential fire hazard from exposed light sockets in the flooded area and the health hazard of growing mold.

"I got one lung, I can't breath, and I have to endure this on a daily basis," Jenkins says.

After Jenkins called us we contacted the landlord for the building and he told us he intended to fix Jenkins ceilings as soon as he could gain access to her apartment.

We then contacted The Department of Housing Preservation and Development and HPD was able to arrange an appointment between Jenkins and the landlord to start repairs, which happened immediately.

Even though the ceilings have been patched up, Jenkins says all of her initial concerns remain.

"The cracks is still coming into the Sheetrock and it rained in my apartment again after they were allegedly supposed to have fixed the roof," says Jenkins.

A spokesman from HPD told us there are open violations for the ceiling and electric and there’s a recent violation for lack of hot water.

He went on to say, staff from HPD's Emergency Repair Program will visit Jenkin's apartment to further scope out violations and assess what needs to be done to fix those violations.

NY1 tried to contact the landlord again but he could not be reached for further comment.

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