NY1 For You: Water, Vermin Seep Through Holes Into Bronx Woman's Home
With more of her ceiling falling down day by day, a Bronx resident fears for more than just the water that seeps through into her apartment. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following report.
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Tina Coward of the Foxhurst section of the Bronx says a huge chunk of her bedroom ceiling once knocked her unconscious and sent her to the hospital.
"Boom! Out of nowhere and it just fell on my head," she says.
For the past eight years, the renter says she has lived with three severe leaks in her apartment, including one that brought down the portion of her bedroom ceiling, leaving more than just water pouring out.
"When it rains it pours. When it don't rain, it pours in here," says Coward. "Roaches, bugs flying around in here, crawling all over me. Nobody wants to live like this."
Coward says she has asked her landlord, Jerome Associates, repeatedly over the past seven years to fix the leaks and her ceilings but has had no response.
After Coward called NY1, the station called Jerome Associates and the company sent workers to her apartment immediately.
"They decided they want to fix things since you came out here," she says. "The next day they did it, after eight years, but it's still leaking."
They plastered the walls but within days water was seeping through again.
NY1 called Jerome Associates and a representative said they would go back out to Coward's apartment to try and find a more permanent fix.
NY1 For You will continue to follow this story.