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Tenants Share Nightmare Videos of Living With Bedbugs and Rats

(DNAINFO) Carolina Pichardo | January 23, 2017 — Inwood residents describe disgusting conditions compounded by a gas leak that made many of them sick.

Residents of a building where a gas leak sent 16 tenants to the hospital shared a sickening picture of their living conditions, including a video showing a shower curtain dripping with bed bugs.

Dozens of tenants from 3852-3856 10th Ave. joined elected officials to demand their landlord and the city step up to improve conditions in their home, which many said was infested with roaches, rats and bed bugs.

The two properties have been slapped with about 500 housing violations dating back as early as 1988, all of which are still open, according to Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez.

Transgressions include broken sinks, missing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, broken light fixtures, lead-based paint, boiler issues and pests, records from the city’s Department of Housing, Preservation and Development show.

The protest Thursday night, dubbed “Rally to Stand Up to Slumlord,” comes just days after a gas leak at 3852 10th Ave. sent 16 residents to the hospital with headaches, stomach pains and nausea for over-exposure to carbon monoxide on Jan. 7.

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City officials determined the source of the leak was the boiler and ordered it shut down, leaving tenants without heat or hot water for days. The boiler was finally repaired Friday morning and heat and hot water restored, according a DOB spokesman and residents.

But the incident left residents shaken, including 37-year-old Ygnacia Roman, who said the leak had triggered an asthma attack.

“They sent me to see a specialist because I inhaled too much carbon [monoxide] and it triggered a bad asthma attack,” said Roman, adding that this is the first time she’s had a problem with her asthma in almost two years.

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