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Tenants outraged over elevator upgrade fee despite building’s disrepair

The conditions at Ebbets Field Apartments in Crown Heights are one thing. Many tenants complain about rats, mold, holes in the walls and broken elevators, but in June when they received a notice about getting a fee added to their rent for "elevator upgrades" the tenants could not believe what they were reading.

"It's not fair, I shouldn't have to pay for an elevator, to upgrade it. It doesn't belong to me," said one tenant.

Community Advocate Tony Herbert took a tour through the complex with PIX11. We found several violations including a large hole in the wall in a hallway, mold and no running water throughout the entire complex.

Herbert said "affordable housing is under attack and these people need help."

One tenant showed us her rent statement with the elevator fee. She feels if she does not pay the fee should could be evicted.

We tried to reach the management company for the complex but they did not return our calls.