A Queens family is still trying to recover from Superstorm Sandy.
As CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez reported, cancer survivor Joyce Zoller said she’s devastated after being ordered by her doctors and attorneys to move from her Queens home to Florida.
Not because her house is unsafe, but because she said the abandoned home next door is hazardous to her health.
“The mold, the smell, the vermin inside, birds flying all over, it’s a disaster,” said Zoller. “I don’t know how much more I can take. It’s my home and I can’t even live in my own home.”
CBS2 met with the Zollers in June of 2014 and learned their neighbor at 145-08 Neponsit Ave. had abandoned the property after Superstorm Sandy.
Black mold had been growing inside the home.
City records show HSBC Mortgage took ownership after it went into foreclosure, but as owners did nothing to clean up the mold.
A Department of Buildings inspector stopped by the house Thursday morning, slapping HSBC with another violation for failing to maintain the building, Sanchez reported.
HSBC has been issued multiple building code violations since Superstorm Sandy and faces more than $20,000 in fines.