Rockland inspectors inspect worse houses in Spring Valley

SPRING VALLEY – A Rockland inspector filed multiple violations potentially carrying heavy fines against the landlord of a house where two dozen men, women, and children lived in dangerous, rundown conditions in makeshift bedrooms.

The illegal living quarters at 3 George St. were created in the basement, attic and middle floors with partitions constructed to offer a semblance of privacy, Rockland Office of Building and Codes officials said Thursday. The office was created after the state deputized the county to take over Spring Valley’s code enforcement and inspections.

There were nine families – including five children – among the two dozen people living in the rooming house. They lived in cordoned-off rooms, including four illegal units on the first floor, while people slept in the basement and in the garage, officials said. The dining areas and living room were walled off into private living space.

Housing and code violations found at 3 George St. in in Spring Valley on Thursday, February 17, 2022.

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The three illegal basement bedrooms included mattresses on the cement floor, without any means to escape during a fire. Heaters were used to fight off the cold with electrical wires strewn haphazardly across the house, officials said. No smoke detectors or carbon monoxide monitors were found.


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