Tempers Flare over Fire-Damaged Home

EAST STROUDSBURG —  Weeks after a fire destroyed several row homes in East Stroudsburg tenants in neighboring homes are fired up because they say their places are still unlivable.

They claim their landlord isn’t doing anything to fix problems caused by the fire. The property owner, Sal Catalano, argues otherwise.

Tempers flared on Lackawanna Avenue in East Stroudsburg as a landlord and tenant battled over the condition of the house.

“No, it’s not ok, Sal! Would you have your kids in here?” asked Caroline Boehner.

It was just a few weeks ago fire destroyed neighboring row homes. Boehner said her rental home still has water in her basement, water damage to ceilings, and now mold. She said her landlord, Sal Catalano, isn’t fixing the damage.

“I’ll fix anything that’s a problem as long as I’m told,” Catalano said.

Boehner said she refuses to live in the home with her three kids, ages 7, 5, and fourteen months.

“The house smells like mold and fire inside, and our landlord wants us to move back in. He tells us it’s livable and it’s not liveable,” Boehner said.

Marv Walton, the zoning and codes officer in East Stroudsburg said he’s taken a look inside the house and has issued several violations.

“The unit is not liveable with the water in the basement and the lack of the smoke alarm system,” said Walton.

Catalano denies ever getting any violations from the borough, which were sent last week.

Boehner said all she wants to do is come back to a clean, livable home with her family.

“I just want to bring my kids somewhere else besides someone’s house, or to put them in a car to drive around to figure out where to go every day,” Boehner said.

Borough officials said that Catalano has 30 days to respond and comply to the notice of violations or he’ll be issued a citation and end up in a district court.

20 comments

  • Chester Bugaski

    Tenant has a lot of kids for a young woman, is she working? Is this subsidized housing and if so, shouldn’t someone be getting after landlord?

  • Big Loud Mouth Ahole

    “As long as I’m told”. Such BS! He is under an obligation to inspect and fix. Immediately. Lazy landlord! Liar.

    • MeToo

      How would you feel if your landlord inspected your house every day? Just to check. It’s against the law. The building next door is burnt, how many places can he be at one time?

  • ME2

    These goof-balls actually want to go back and live in those apartments? Crazy. Please someone raze that building.
    That area was never any good and likely won’t be, until better housing and better people come there.

  • Renee Gillis

    lloyd you are obviously in cahoots with the slumlord to make such comments..no one in their right mind would let any child live in a home in that condition. the slumlord is all about collecting rent and not making repairs, from the looks of him he has not missed a meal since birth, make the repairs the code enforcer says is a must..then u might have a legal leg to stand on

    • Jodi

      Except the mold is from her being to lazy to remove, clean ,or wash the wet clothing in her own home. Lazy is lazy, so is blaming the filth you live in on someone who isn’t allowed to enter the building.

      The smoke detectors were removed so she could smoke IN HER HOUSE with the three children she is claiming she cares so much about.

    • ME2

      Do you think that after a fire this big, that things are going to be fixed in a week’s time? Get real and look for better housing.

  • jANET

    i HAD A SMALL FIRE IN MY KITCHEN ON JUNE 13 AND I JUST GOT MY STOVE TURNED ON 2 WEEKS AGO I HAD CALLED THE LANDLORD SEVERAL TIMES WE HAD RENTERS INSURANCE WELL I GOT A CALL TWO WEEKS AGO ON A FRIDAY SAYING THEY WILL BE HERE TO FIX IT THAT FOLLOWING WEEK AND STILL NOT FIXED .ALL I NEED IS A NEW KITCHEN CABINET NEW TILES IN KITCHEN AND WIRES COVERED THAT WAS NEVER COVERED CALL BOARD OF HEALTH AND THEY NEVER CAME OUT TO LOOK JUST SAID THEY SEND HIM A LETTER TO HAVE IT DONE IN 30 DAYS WELL WAY PAST 30 DAYS AND STILL NOT DONE I TOLD MY LANDLORD I WAS MOVING AND HE SAID HE WILL TAKE ME TO COURT FOR REMAINDER OF MY LEASE IF I MOVE BEFORE MY YR LEASE IS UP.WHEN IS IT TENANT GET RIGHTS I HOPE SOMEONE SITS THESE LANDLORDS RIGHT WE ARE GREAT TENANTS NEVER LATE ON RENT AND YET I HAVE A SLUM LANDLORD ALL HE WANTS IS HIS RENT MONEY,SO IF THE BOARD OF HEALTH IN TAYLOR PA IS NOT GOING TO FOLLOW THREW THEN THE LANDLORDS GET TO DO WHAT THEY WANT…

  • Lloyd Schmucatelli

    Well, now that I watched the video, I can understand why meth mouth is fighting over this. Probably no one else wants her as a tenant. I would say, as a parent of 3, you should have a back up plan to take care of your kids in an event like this. Stop blaming your landlord, the guys there in a dust mask obviously working on something. Maybe help him fix your place if you’re in that much need? Stop playing victim and again, I say, my vote is to MOVE!

  • Lloyd Schmucatelli

    Hey tenant, if your landlord isn’t handling this, MOVE! take your money to a landlord that cares. The original homes insurance should cover this or at the very least, the landlords insurance. If he doesn’t have insurance, it should be out of pocket.

    Or, maybe he doesn’t want you to move back and you aren’t getting the hint.

    In PA, there are warranty of habitability laws. If the unit isn’t habitable, the lease is void. So I’d move. Yelling at him is going to sour this relationship from now going forward.

    PS WNEP, is there no news? Is there a reason your putting people’s pathetic squabbles in the news? Rediculous.

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