If your landlord knew your apartment infested with rodents and roaches, moldy from water leaks and did little to nothing about it, would you pay your rent? That was the question for one Newark resident when the bathroom ceiling of her apartment collapsed.
“We’re living worse than squatters. It’s not fair to us, it’s not fair to our kids, it’s not fair to our neighbors, it’s not right.”
Because of poor living conditions, Yanira Cortes started withholding payments to her landlord. She’s been in and out of court for several years.