Mount Vernon tenants may withhold rent because of water problem

Tempers are boiling hot over the lack of water in a Westchester apartment building.

The water has been inconsistently on and off in the building, which is located in Mount Vernon at 55 Pennsylvania Avenue. Tenants say fixing the problem has been a slow process and are now threatening to withhold their rent.

Some say they have hot and cold water some of the time, while others say they just have a trickle of water, not even enough to flush the toilets.

More than 25 people attended a meeting at a nearby church on Wednesday night to discuss the water situation. Community organizer Anderson Fils Aime, of the Mount Vernon United Tenants, suggested that people should withhold their rent for September, and some seem to be considering it.

News 12 Westchester spoke with a man who works for the landlord of the building. The man, who didn't want to be identified, says major repairs have been done and insists residents haven't had a problem for two weeks.

Many of the tenants believe that man is lying, and say water was just recently turned on and many tenants are still without it.

Tenants that attended the meeting say will talk to their neighbors about what to do with the September rent. Another meeting is planned with the Mount Vernon United Tenants group next week.

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