February 26, 2020

Residents Sue NYCHA Over Alleged Neglect

BROOKLYN — A class action lawsuit against the New York City Housing Authority was filed Wednesday in Brooklyn by a law firm representing a group of NYCHA tenants, comparing the city-owned housing to “a third-world country.”

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According to a press release from Berg & Androphy, the firm representing the residents, the complaint seeks rent abatement and damages “for the decrepit and often unlivable conditions at many city-owned properties.”

Some of the most egregious issues alleged in the lawsuit include tenants going without gas or stoves for months, elevator outages that trap disabled residents, untreated insect and rodent infestations, and growing mold, often caused by pervasive and untreated leaks, that results in or exacerbates resident asthma conditions.

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“New Yorkers should be outraged at how terribly NYCHA has treated the tenants of its properties,” said Berg & Androphy partner Jenny Kim in a statement. “Hard-working, rent-paying New Yorkers should not be forced to endure neglect and indifference, broken promises, and outright deceit on the part of any landlord – especially a city agency supposedly dedicated to providing decent, livable public housing.”

Back in December, NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams named NYCHA the city’s worst landlord for a second year in a row upon release of his annual “Worst Landlords Watchlist.”

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See the full filing, images and videos from the lawsuit