After two years of living without bathrooms, some renters in a Washington Heights building are finally get some assistance. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following "NY1 For You" report.
The past few years have been rough for a group of Washington Heights tenants who have been living without working bathrooms, since the landlord of their building had their toilets, showers and even bathroom walls torn out two and a half years ago to supposedly make repairs.
Three weeks ago, "NY1 For You" reached out to Gladys Salva and her daughter Tina who is blind and suffers from cerebral palsy and brain damage. Gladys and Tina live in one of five apartments in the Washington Heights building where tenants without working bathrooms have had no choice but to use bathrooms in vacant unlocked apartments throughout the building.
Currently, only 23 out of 54 apartments are occupied.
When NY1 last spoke with the tenants they had been in court for five years with their landlord, Dorothea Levine, who refused to comment on NY1's story.
"We suffer a lot, many years, five years like this," said building resident Aida Wenzell.
"My life, especially my daughter's life, have been stopped for all these years and you know it's a nightmare," Salva said.
Tenants are now guardedly optimistic after a New York City Housing Court Judge appointed an administrator to run the property.
We are happy but we are still thinking any problem could come from this," Salva said.
The tenants are now in the process of hiring a building administrator and hope that Levine doesn't appeal the decision.
The Department of Housing Preservation and Development released the following statement to NY1 saying, "The Court’s decision to grant the appointment of a 7A Administrator will ensure that new management will be there to respond to the needs and concerns of the families who have been living in deplorable and unsafe conditions for far too long."
"NY1 For You" will continue to follow the story.
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