Residents in a Bushwick building say they are a minority among rats

Tenants at a Bushwick low-income housing complex say there are more rats and insects living in the building than people.

The non-profit Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council owns the building at 316 Jefferson Street. The organization says it recently learned of tenants? problems two weeks ago. However, Jani Cauthen claims she has documented proof that the building?s management has known about the situation since last year. Cauthen says she had to take her son to the emergency room after a mouse bit him in the middle of the night. Cauthen says her landlord paid for the hospital visit and has documentation to prove it.

Every tenant in the building says they need repairs done. Tenants say if they are not fixed they then want to move into newly renovated apartments owned by the same landlord.

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