Saturday, August 26, 2017
Richmond Hill block has a squatter problem
Boarded-up homes in Queens surrounded by garbage are being taken over by dangerous squatters.
"It's a real big danger to my family," said Charles Mahadeo, who lives next door to one of the abandoned homes on the corner of Lefferts Boulevard and 95th Avenue in Richmond Hill.
"There have been two deaths in here, it's a dumping ground, it's very smelly and it's not a very good atmosphere at all around here," he said. "I'm very much concerned this place is very bad for my children and very dangerous, especially with the squatters."
Mahadeo told PIX11 Friday the owner of the home died a few years ago and no one has done anything with the house since.
Right across the street sits another abandoned house and there was a woman inside when we showed up.
She shouted, "I'm not a squatter."
The boarded up houses are among many occupied two and three-family homes.