Tenants take back their apartments

BROOKLYN - Tenants at a Williamsburg building were locked out of their apartments by the landlord despite a vacate order being lifted.

Tenants gathered and cut off the front padlock to the building in an attempt to take back their apartments. However, attorneys for the tenants say the landlord refuses to restore water, gas and sewage lines.

Tenants were initially asked to leave because a building inspector deemed the structure unsafe. The landlord was asked to make repairs but did not allow the tenants back in after the building was renovated.

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