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The Oppression of Residents at Greenburgh’s Tarryhill Apartments by Black Westchester Editorial Board

On July 25th a kitchen fire in a newly (one year ago) rented unit caused dozens of tenants in the 100 A-D buildings at the Residences at Tarryhill to lose power for three days,(one-two family’s longer) and along with that basic lose of use followed an array of issues that lead to the displacement of other families. Families had to leave the place they have known as home for decades, and adopt the label of homeless for the first time!

Four families ONLY in building 100C and 100D endure having to lose hard to obtain valuables and personal belongings. The rest of the tenants in these buildings had to replace hundreds of dollars worth of food.

On the day of the fire, the Red Cross did prove of some assistant. ‘This was Single only help that was given to aid the tenants However, the hardest part was to witness the bullying and harassment of the managing superintendent and the landlord towards the affected residents, because they wanted these tenants out of there units not to protect their health and safety, but because they wanted to use this opportunity to evict tenants who they been indirectly discriminating since they took ownership of the complex.

It is fair to say that inevitably, this was bound to take place as the water damage caused by the sprinkler system harvested black mold then already had been there. Tenants in these unlivable units had for months been attempting to ask for help, but these requests were ignored time and time again! Regardless of the scope and magnitude of the damage, and the potential health affects these families should not have been put out completely! The complex has and has had available units in the 100 series and other buildings in the complex that had been conveniently rented and not used to house these long-standing residents with excellent rental history. Only a $400 one time storage fee, $100 towards hotel stays ( only if the tenants had no rental insurance) and nothing Towards moving expenses or food cost, this was told to the town Officials to tell the tenants. Never received anything official in writing from the landlord to state this.

Instead, they were pushed out with little to no time to properly arrange an adequate way to empty their apartments and ensure that their families were safely temporarily housed. It it now October and these families have no prospects to regain their units and return to what they know as home. Tenants in two of these unlivable units had for months been attempting to ask for help, but these requests were ignored time and time again! Ironically the family who caused the issue did not stay to remedy the problem they had caused for others formally. These new renters left the day of the incident with all their belongings and settled with the landlord behind the scenes. Directly below, these renters lived a second family of new renters (2 1/2 year) where they work for the landlord since the start of their occupancy; as cleaning and landscaping staff. These individuals received red carpet treatment and were placed in a temporary unit and later placed in a permanent newly renovated apartment in other side of 100 A/ B side. Regardless of the scope and magnitude of the damage and the potential health effects, these other families (Jenkins and others) should not have been put out completely!

The complex has and has had, available units in the 100 -600 series and other building in the complex that had been conveniently rented, and not used to house these long-standing residents with excellent rental history. Instead, they were pushed out with little to no time to properly arrange an adequate way to empty their apartments and ensure that their families were safely temporarily housed. It is evident by what has occurred that this was a hardship for all parties, but not all tenants (Jenkins and other) received the same treatment and opportunity for some type of accommodation within Tarryhill. The Jenkins family was denied any opportunity to move in any available units as the landlord claimed they were not fit for them due to carpeting barriers.

Also, the Jenkins family was blamed and accused of damages to the interior the building’s hallways and stairwell regardless of the known reality that the interior structures of all buildings have been compromised since the start of the new ownership because of lack of upkeep. Upkeep with this new management is only reserved to the outside of the complex. Apartments and hallways/stairwells are not properly and professionally maintained. It is now October, and these families have no prospects to regain their The landlord has not yet started to fix these units. What we all know is to be truth and facts is that upon driving up through the driveway of Tarryhill you will see beautification of the grounds the buildings was just last week power washed, the lawn mowed, overgrowing trees cut down finally, each building swept and mopped at the months but if you just come into many units that their repairs have gone unanswered will tell the tale of how Tarryhill has been systematically deprived for the past almost years three years.

Originally published in the October 15, 2019, Pre-Election Edition of Black Westchester Newspaper.

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