Arshi Syed, a tenant of Hyderi Manzil, has been living with her family there for the last 30 years [Rashi Arora/Al Jazeera]

Mumbai, India – At the entrance of Hyderi Manzil, a four-storey building in a congested southern Mumbai neighbourhood, was a notice painted in white: “If the building collapse, the trust will not be responsible for loss of life.”

Arshi Syed, 34, points to one of the many holes in the walls of the corridor, outside her one-room house.

“The structure is so weak, rats have eaten into it,” she said. “My family and I stay awake at night, especially during the monsoons, in case the building is ready to fall.”

But despite the risks, along with 21 families, Syed continues to

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