Residents of Flooded Orchard Street Tenement Allege Landlord Mum on Safety Inspections

Posted on: September 8th, 2021 at 5:00 am by

Residents in a flood-damaged Lower East Side tenement allege that the landlord has been unresponsive to cleanup and assessment.

During Tropical Storm Ida last week, a torrent of rainwater cascaded through the bones of 96 Orchard Street. Dramatic video posted to Twitter shows waterfalls in the hallways and even a ceiling collapse.

Tenants claim that building management – S&H Equities – has yet to send inspectors to assess damage or structural safety concerns. And they are allegedly scared to report for fear of retaliation.

“Some of the apartments in the rear have completely collapsed,” a concerned tipster wrote. “People evacuated by jumping to the adjacent rooftop.”

We’re told that residents in affected apartments continue to dwell in squalor.

A prior version of the article incorrectly noted the affected address as 93 Orchard. We regret the error.

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