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NY1 For You: Elderly Bronx Tenants Living Without Heat Turn To NY1 For Help

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Some elderly Bronx tenants say they've been living with little to no heat, and now, with the freezing temperatures, they turned to NY1 for You for help. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following report.

Freezing temperatures and sporadic heat have seniors at a Bronx apartment building desperate for warmth.

"I'm 87 years old, so it's very, very bad," says Mary Colson, a tenant of the building. "You sleep practically in all your clothes."

"Every other day, you might get a little heat," says Diane Middleton, a tenant of the building.

It's a bone-chilling experience that tenants say has been going on for quite some time.

"It's been going off and on, off and on for several years," Colson says. "It didn't just start happening, but lately, it's really been bad."

Residents say that although management posted a sign that says "boiler broken" a couple of weeks ago, no other information has been forthcoming.

"We don't know what's going on," Middleton says. "I mean, no one is getting back to us."

After tenants contacted NY1 for You, NY1 for You called Langsam Property Services Corp., management for the building. A representative told NY1 that the building has an older heating system, which they are in the process of upgrading.

He went on to say that they are keeping the current boiler going while they're making improvements. However, he admitted that they have lost heat, but said that the boiler was serviced and heat has now been restored.

NY1 for You contacted HPD and found that the building has a total of 80 open violations.
A spokesman for HPD told NY1 for You that inspectors went to the building and confirmed that the building does now have heat and hot water.

It's a glimmer of hope while residents wait for a permanent fix.

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