This is life at 452 Fort Washington Ave., where tenants have waged a three-year battle with slumlord Dorothea Levine over remarkably decrepit conditions.
Landlord's workers rip out walls & toilets to 'fix' rent-control apartments
As of this week, the 54-unit building had more than 400 open code violations, more than 60 deemed "immediately hazardous," ranking it among the city's worst, Department of Housing Preservation and Development records show.
Again and again landlord Levine has been cited for lead paint, rats, mice and roaches, exposed wires, broken smoke detectors and moldy ceilings, the records show.
Conditions hit a new low in January when contractors arrived at Almanzar's apartment and claimed they needed to make repairs in her bathroom. They tore out her toilet, tub, floors and walls.
"They said they were going to fix it, but they never came back," Almanzar said. "How are we supposed to live like this?"
The building code gives landlords 24 hours to repair unusable bathrooms. Three families at the building have lived for six months without sinks, showers or toilets.
Records show that nearly 60 of the violations building management claimed to have repaired in 2007 and 2008 still existed when inspectors returned.
Well, it appears there's a stop work order on the place. Maybe the Red Cross should be called. Except they may be busy down south for awhile.