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Tenants to call for change in rally outside of Dartmouth apartment building

They're trying to put pressure on the building's owner to take better care of their homes.
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A cockroach infestation in a Regent Street public housing apartment complex is worrisome for a 73-year-old tenant with complex health problems. (Photo supplied)

Some Dartmouth residents will be rallying outside their apartment building Friday morning.

They're trying to put pressure on the building's owner to take better care of their homes.

The residents of 15 Kennedy Dr. in Dartmouth and their supporters will rally outside the building at 11:30.

Sarah Byrne is with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), and says there are several maintenance issues that require immediate attention.

"So many problems, starting with cockroaches, mould, broken toilets and floods," said Byrne. "The elevator breaks down at least two or three times a week."

Beyond the repairs, ACORN is pushing for something called landlord licensing - annual inspections that would result in a large fine for the landlord if they don't adequately maintain their buildings.




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