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Heat worsens living conditions for some Brownsville residents

Residents have endured time without electricity, gas and hot water
July 10, 2014 05:50PM

Tenants at a Brownsville apartment building have been without gas or hot water for more than two weeks. And when temperatures began to soar, their power was shut off. On top of that: mold-infested ceilings and the smell of rotting garbage plague tenants at the 18-unit complex at 702 Rockaway Avenue.

“People here are suffering,” Garrett Robinson, who lives in the four-story walkup complex, told the New York Daily News. “It’s a horrendous situation.”

Tenants in the building began suffering hot, sleepless nights when Con Edison cut the building’s electricity on July 1. Power has since been restored, but tenants are still living without gas or hot water, according to the Daily News.

Residents at the complex pay about $1,200 per month.

When Handcheikh, a Georgia-based real estate company took control of managing the building last July, conditions worsened, residents told the Daily News. The company took charge of collecting rent, paying utilities and managing the building — tasks the company never fulfilled, according to a lawsuit brought by building owner Dr. Mehfar Menocher. [NYDN] — Claire Moses