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Saturday, August 4, 2007

Highbridge resident fights to overturn eviction

In the May and June issues of the Highbridge Horizon, we wrote about Carmen Vasquez, a Woodycrest Avenue resident fighting to stay in her home of roughly ten years. Vasquez' landlord, Miriam Rodriguez, moved to evict Vasquez after she said her tenant failed to recertify her eligibility for public assistance (Rodriguez therefore raised Vasquez' rent from $277.00 per month to the full market value, $1132.00, a sum Vasquez says she cannot afford).

Vasquez, on the other hand, alleges that she did in fact submit recertification documents in a timely fashion, but that her landlord deliberately stalled in submitting these documents to the city until the deadline had passed. Vasquez also says Rodriguez refused to schedule an interview to discuss her recertification.

A judgment of possesion was entered against Vasquez in early 2007 in Bronx County Housing Court, and since then, the eviction has been stayed several times while she has lived in fear of city marshals coming to order her out of her apartment.

This past Friday, that finally happened -- Vasquez was evicted and marshals changed the locks to her home.But the final word on the matter has not been written.

Even after she was kicked out of her home, a Bronx County Housing Court judge stayed the eviction and ordered both Vasquez and her landlord back to court on Monday morning at 9:30 am.

Read about all the latest developments in this story here


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