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NYC public housing tenants file class action lawsuit against city, claim unlivable conditions and demand rent reduction


Added 02-26-20 04:25:02pm EST - “Their overall claim ?" that NYCHA failed to repair plumbing, inspect for lead paint and maintain safe elevators ?" is generally supported by dozens of news accounts and NYCHA's agreement more than a year ago to be overseen by a federal…” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “NYC public housing tenants file class action lawsuit against city, claim unlivable conditions and demand rent reduction”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Three New York City Housing Authority tenants filed a class action lawsuit Wednesday in Brooklyn Supreme Court accusing the authority of forcing them to live in deplorable conditions.

The tenants — Latisha McGriff, Ricardo Reed and Claresa Ward — are accusing NYCHA of failing to “provide decent, safe and sanitary housing.” All three live in Brooklyn’s Red Hook Houses.

Their overall claim — that NYCHA failed to repair plumbing, inspect for lead paint and maintain safe elevators — is generally supported by dozens of news accounts and NYCHA’s agreement more than a year ago to be overseen by a federal monitor for those very same issues.

“Residents of apartments have gone without gas or a stove for months,” read a statement by Berg & Androphy, the law firm representing the residents. “Rampant elevator outages trap physically challenged or wheelchair-bound NYCHA tenants in their apartments. Proliferating mold, often caused by pervasive leaks, causes or exacerbates asthma and forces tenants to buy inhalers.”

The firm’s lead attorney on the suit, Jenny Kim, described it as a breach of contract claim based on NYCHA’s lease agreement with tenants. Kim said that any tenant the city has failed to provide with safe and sanitary conditions within the last six years could be eligible to join the class action suit.

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