EAST FLATBUSH - An East Flatbush mother says her apartment has no heat and a severely dilapidated ceiling, but her landlord refuses to repair it.

Doreen Carter, 45, says her two children both suffer from asthma, which she believes is worsened by the decrepit state of their home. Carter says she has complained to her landlord countless times, but to no avail.

According to Carter, an inspector from the city Housing Preservation and Development department recently cited other problems, like peeling paint.

An inspector will return to Carter's apartment next week to confirm the repairs were made. If they remain, the HPD department will do the repairs and bill the landlord.