Water woes leaves one renter furious

Posted at 11:19 PM, Jan 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-24 23:19:46-05

Eshawne Owens can't use her own bathroom. Water has been dripping, sometimes rushing, from the neighbors who live above her at her apartment in Niagara Falls. She says it’s been happening on and off for months. 

“I don't know what to do at this point,” said Owens.

She's asked her landlord to fix the problem. The landlord says, he does fix the problem, but that the problem keeps coming back because of the neighbors upstairs.

Owens is worried she might be evicted from her apartment or the building might be condemned if she alerts the city.

“It's sad. It's sad for me because I'm poor and don't have anywhere to go to move out of crappy holes likes this,” said Owens.

According to the City of Niagara Falls, that's a problem she shouldn't have to worry about.

It is illegal for a landlord to get back at a tenant for complaining about conditions. If there is an ongoing problem with conditions, tenants should schedule an appointment with a city inspector. If a problem doesn't get fixed, Owens could take up her case in eviction court. 

Owens says she is going to speak with an inspector on Thursday. The landlord says he bought the supplies to fix the problem on Wednesday night.