Tenant in Bedford Park apartments blamed for foul smell, flies

Tenants at a Bedford Park building blame a problem renter for a foul smell and flies.

Consuelo Rivera lives below Joan Smolick at 271 East 197th St. Rivera says an ongoing leak in Smolick?s apartment caused the ceiling to collapse five times. Rivera is afraid it will collapse on top of her children next. She also says officials have found dead cats, dogs and rodents in the apartment before.

The fire department and health department have reportedly issued violations to the landlord for the apartment before. But, the landlord says he cannot legally evict Smolicks.

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