Yonkers tenants: Rent hikes, poor conditions persist after new management

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Tenants of the Parkledge apartments in Yonkers say they are frustrated with the new landlord of their complex.

Pamela Holmes and Lilian Rodriguez live in two of the more than 300 low-income units in the building.

They say the tenants were the last to learn that their building was being bought by a new company, called RY Management.

The old management, according to residents, hiked the rent while only cosmetically fixing issues, such as water damage and falling ceilings.

The residents of the complex say that the new company isn't much better. RY Management, with the approval of the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, has also hiked up their rent. 

Holmes says the rent hikes are unjustified, especially since RY Management hasn’t made any improvements yet. She says she pays her rent out of her pocket.

Rodriguez and other tenants are receiving Section 8 help, which is a housing voucher from HUD.

In a statement, RY Management told News 12, "New ownership acquired the property less than three weeks ago and will be performing approximately $5 million of rehab to address the deferred maintenance at the property along with improving security, energy efficiency, and living conditions for the residents."

Rodriguez says she’s not convinced that more money will be put towards improving conditions. "If they were deceptive in selling the building, and they didn't tell us that they were selling the building," she says, "then why should I believe them now?”

Residents say they hope they will be able to get answers from their new landlord and from HUB at the next town hall meeting.

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