Even in the middle of the first significant deep-freeze of the season, residents of two Ville Saint-Laurent apartment buildings are still without reliable heat and hot water — some even using their ovens to keep their apartments above freezing.
About 300 tenants in the apartments at 135 and 155 Deguire boulevard have only had sporadic heat and hot water for close to a month now.
"These people are torturing us, we are wearing three pants and sweater and blankets and still can't sleep," Nasar Abual, a resident who lives at 135 Deguire with his wife and five kids told CJAD.
"You cannot live in a place at 15 degrees, which is what the tenants are reporting, the city has the obligation under law to make sure the heat is adequate, period! The city has the power if the landlord is inadequately responsive to step in and done something," Ted Wright, tenants rights activist said.
The situation was so bad over the weekend that a group of tenants called the fire department asking that their apartments be declared unliveable, but were told the temperature inside would have to drop below ten degrees for that to happen.
The Saint-Laurent housing committee told CJAD it had stepped in and that city officials were on site to inspect the situation on Tuesday.