Bedford-Stuyvesant tenants say lead paint, rats make homes a horror

Tenants at a Bedford-Stuyvesant apartment building say lead paint, rodents and a lack of hot water make their homes a living horror.The Department of Housing

BEDFORD-STUYVESANT - Tenants at a Bedford-Stuyvesant apartment building say lead paint, rodents and a lack of hot water make their homes a living horror.

The Department of Housing has 346 violations on file for 716 Jefferson Ave. Renter Patsy Strickland says she lives with those violations every day. Strickland claims the landlord, Alex Engleman, once stopped city workers from making repairs. She took him to court as a result. The Department of Homeless Services placed another renter, Irvin Hosten, and his family in an apartment for $1,167 a month. However, Hosten believes the city pays landlords, like Engleman, money to get homeless people off the streets without considering living conditions. Hosten complains about not having smoke or carbon monoxide alarms.

The Department of Housing says it is closely monitoring the building and its legal division is considering action.

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