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Old 01-31-2010, 10:30 PM
 
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Exclamation NYCHA question

Hi Im a fairly new tenant its been less than a year. Since about the second week I moved into this first floor apartment Ive noticed really bad smells. It comes from the sinks ,toilets and the closet where there's a hole. Ive bought alot of air freshners ,damp rid all types of stuff. In general this apartment is extremly moist btw. I keep a window open with a fan blowing all the time even in the dead of winter. If I dont than the apartment will smell. I left for a weekend once came back and the smell was horrendous. It had a moldy mildewy smell. My kids bedroom has a mildewy smell as well but when I look around I cant find the source . The smell is just there no matter what I do.I spoke to NYCHA about it and was basically blown off. The next day I noticed they used some type of perfume which lasted about a week and i could smell it through the pipes around the apartment.

Friday I noticed a smell in the bathroom. I couldnt pinpoint. It smelled like rotten eggs . I kept cleaning the bathroom and using bleach and it didnt help. Needless to say by Saturday morning the whole apartment reeked of sewer gas. I called the emergency nycha hotline and was told "It's just a smell everyone is off work we cant have someone fix it until Monday" I said do you understand that me and my kids are inhaling SEWER GAS and it STINKS ? Once again I was blown off. Im cold because the windows are open and it still stinks in here. I have lost my appetite. Yesterday my eyes were burning.

My daughter never had any problems breathing but ever since we moved in here she has suddenly been diagnosed with asthma and is constantly coughing . I dont know what to do. Tommorow morning Im going to speak to my housing assistant and tell her i wanted to be moved to a higher apartment immediately but my next door neighbor said she has the same problems moved in a month before i did and was refused to move .

Why do i pay the same rent as everyone else YET I have to shell out all this money for air freshners ,keep my windows open constantly and people on the higher floors just get a NORMAL apartment ?! It just isnt fair !

Ive read about sewer gas and they said its toxic! I can literally taste the gas in my mouth and NYCHA doesnt deem it as a serious problem.

After talking to them what should be my next step? I have a feeling they may just use that perfume crap they used last time. Not to mention this place attracts waterbugs. It scares my daughter. If she sees one she breaks down in tears and runs for her life . She's only 4 years old . Not to mention im afraid of those huge buggers too. My mom came over one weekend and saw one so big she was afraid to hit it with the shoe. I see these things atleast twice a week in this place .

Ever since I moved in here I cant sleep I go to bed like 2:30 am everyday , im irritable and im not comfortable in this apartment. I wont even decorate it because it doesnt feel like a home to me . I had plans before i knew of these problems.. I was like wow im going to paint hang up pictures buy some nice carpet get a fish tank ...I havent done any of those things to date .
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Old 02-01-2010, 05:51 AM
 
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Call all of these sources: Your local Community Board. your City Council Member, ask for housing specialist You can find their phone numbers (and names) at the nearest library or,perhaps, through 311. Locate a tenant organization near you and call them. If your development has a tenant association, contact them. Google "TenantNet" and visit their web site; Select FORUM from their menu and join. They have experts who can answer your questions and probably have experience with this issue. You can attend the monthly board meeting for NYCHA and ask a question to board members but if you want to speak. e.g. ask your question, you must register ahead of time. Board meets once per month. Meeting times and place is listed on NYCHA web site. Find Met Council (Metropolitan Council on Housing) on web. They have clinic once every week in East Village and experts to answer questions and provide your with information about regulations on concerning methane leaks into apartment. I do not have access to my address book at this time but if you have a computer at home and internet access you can easily locate the resources above. If not, let me know and I will find the phone numbers, etc. Good luck!

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Old 02-01-2010, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Confines of the 100 Precinct
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what development is this?
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Old 02-01-2010, 01:41 PM
 
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what development is this?
Bayview Houses in Canarsie Brooklyn . I thought it was one of the nicer buildings apparently it is not.
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Old 02-01-2010, 01:42 PM
 
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Call all of these sources: Your local Community Board. your City Council Member, ask for housing specialist You can find their phone numbers (and names) at the nearest library or,perhaps, through 311. Locate a tenant organization near you and call them. If your development has a tenant association, contact them. Google "TenantNet" and visit their web site; Select FORUM from their menu and join. They have experts who can answer your questions and probably have experience with this issue. You can attend the monthly board meeting for NYCHA and ask a question to board members but if you want to speak. e.g. ask your question, you must register ahead of time. Board meets once per month. Meeting times and place is listed on NYCHA web site. Find Met Council (Metropolitan Council on Housing) on web. They have clinic once every week in East Village and experts to answer questions and provide your with information about regulations on concerning methane leaks into apartment. I do not have access to my address book at this time but if you have a computer at home and internet access you can easily locate the resources above. If not, let me know and I will find the phone numbers, etc. Good luck!
Wow thank you !Im going to get started right away
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Old 02-07-2010, 11:29 PM
 
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Call Marty Markowitzs office, he is our borough president, there is a number that you can call specifically to complain, refer to his website or call 311 to get it, they should have it. I don't think they will take this very lightly, it is absolutely disgusting and sad that you have to go through this. You go through so much to actually get the apt. and then to put up with that Mod cut is so unfair and unecessary, and the giant bed bugs EEK! call them as soon as possible and tell them exactly what you told us in your first posting. Keep us posted. Good luck!

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Old 09-27-2011, 09:18 AM
 
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hello i have been having the same problem as well and yes nychajust blew it off.the super attendant came to my house and told me the smell that i was smelling was backed up sewage.they left the cap off of it. he put it back on and the smell went away.i have been sick from this smell andmy health has gone down the drain.
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Old 12-09-2011, 10:56 AM
 
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I recieved a letter that my application is sent to the development can someone tell me that how long is tje waiting list for cooper projects for W1 status. Any info appreciated
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Old 12-11-2011, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Manhattan
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It is probably a broken sewer drain under your apartment. Is there a basement? If so, go down with a flashlight and inspect what is under you.

Another possilility IN your apartment is simple: there is a big wax washer connecting the bottom of your toilet to the drain. These gaskets wear out and leak smells and then even leak waste water. You cannot see this washer without removing the toilet but it is a common maintenance task. My washer blew after about 18 years...I even saw a bit of water oozing out from under the toilet with every flush.
The first sign the gasket is shot is sewer smell in your bathroom.
Handyman came up with the big wax gasket and had it in in 20 minutes.


A horrible problem though that can develop in a high rise with no basement: ANY leak in any floor has water run down until it hits the slab of the first floor...and then it oozes out. A friend went through Hell with this in a luxury condo. Every time they fixed a leak another apartment sprang one...he'd come home and his carpeting would all be soaked. And the leaks behind the wall are very hard to find in a 35 story building.
Moral: NEVER be on the first floor of a highrise.
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Old 12-21-2011, 10:18 AM
 
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Hi Im a fairly new tenant its been less than a year. Since about the second week I moved into this first floor apartment Ive noticed really bad smells. It comes from the sinks ,toilets and the closet where there's a hole. Ive bought alot of air freshners ,damp rid all types of stuff. In general this apartment is extremly moist btw. I keep a window open with a fan blowing all the time even in the dead of winter. If I dont than the apartment will smell. I left for a weekend once came back and the smell was horrendous. It had a moldy mildewy smell. My kids bedroom has a mildewy smell as well but when I look around I cant find the source . The smell is just there no matter what I do.I spoke to NYCHA about it and was basically blown off. The next day I noticed they used some type of perfume which lasted about a week and i could smell it through the pipes around the apartment.

Friday I noticed a smell in the bathroom. I couldnt pinpoint. It smelled like rotten eggs . I kept cleaning the bathroom and using bleach and it didnt help. Needless to say by Saturday morning the whole apartment reeked of sewer gas. I called the emergency nycha hotline and was told "It's just a smell everyone is off work we cant have someone fix it until Monday" I said do you understand that me and my kids are inhaling SEWER GAS and it STINKS ? Once again I was blown off. Im cold because the windows are open and it still stinks in here. I have lost my appetite. Yesterday my eyes were burning.

My daughter never had any problems breathing but ever since we moved in here she has suddenly been diagnosed with asthma and is constantly coughing . I dont know what to do. Tommorow morning Im going to speak to my housing assistant and tell her i wanted to be moved to a higher apartment immediately but my next door neighbor said she has the same problems moved in a month before i did and was refused to move .

Why do i pay the same rent as everyone else YET I have to shell out all this money for air freshners ,keep my windows open constantly and people on the higher floors just get a NORMAL apartment ?! It just isnt fair !

Ive read about sewer gas and they said its toxic! I can literally taste the gas in my mouth and NYCHA doesnt deem it as a serious problem.

After talking to them what should be my next step? I have a feeling they may just use that perfume crap they used last time. Not to mention this place attracts waterbugs. It scares my daughter. If she sees one she breaks down in tears and runs for her life . She's only 4 years old . Not to mention im afraid of those huge buggers too. My mom came over one weekend and saw one so big she was afraid to hit it with the shoe. I see these things atleast twice a week in this place .

Ever since I moved in here I cant sleep I go to bed like 2:30 am everyday , im irritable and im not comfortable in this apartment. I wont even decorate it because it doesnt feel like a home to me . I had plans before i knew of these problems.. I was like wow im going to paint hang up pictures buy some nice carpet get a fish tank ...I havent done any of those things to date .

i HAVE BEEN HAVINGTHIS SAMEPROBLEM TOFOR THE POAST 5 YEARS ANDMY HEALTH IS NOT GOOD BECAUSEOFTHIS. WHICH HOUSING DEVELOPMENT DO YOU RESIDE IN?
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