I-Team Investigates: Living conditions at Paterson apartments

A group of tenants in Paterson says they are living in terrible conditions. An I-Team investigation found that their landlords face more than 150 housing violations and the building may have to be shut down.

Some tenants who live in the apartment building located at 106 Beech Street have to deal with leaking ceilings, crumbling floors, electrical problems and no heat. They also say the worst of their problems is dealing with the bugs and rats.

City records show most of the block of Beech Street is owned by Carlos Guzman and Fernando Gallegos. The I-Team found that Guzman and Gallegos are charged with 152 violations of the citys building code including extermination problems, lack of heat and problems with walls, floors and ceilings. Last week, city inspectors declared the building unfit for human habitation.

Both Guzman and Gallegos did not return phone calls for comment. Department of Community Improvement officials say they plan on taking Guzman and Gallegos to court on the violations. They also say with the building declared unfit for human habitation, the landlords will have to make repairs or vacate the building. City officials say they are trying to help some tenants relocate to new homes.

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