Ville Saint-Laurent apartment residents fighting to get heat back

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.

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  1. Drew posted on 12/17/2013 12:40 PM
    It is obvious that no government official from all departments will put on their big boy underwear and make a reasonable decision. Heating by a stove is not acceptable or wearing all the cloths you own to keep warm.
  2. David posted on 12/17/2013 12:45 PM
    So if they turned off the ovens and it dropped to below 10 degress, that would be enough for Fire Dept. to step in? Unbelievable!
  3. Kari posted on 12/17/2013 07:52 PM
    All the tenants who have been in this unacceptable, dangerous situation should have gone to hotels for as long as takes to repair the heating system and sent their bills to the owners of the buildings.
  4. James posted on 12/19/2013 03:06 PM
    we almost rented in that building last spring.. omg glad we did not, too bad because the apartment we were shown was really nice
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