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NY1 for You: West Village Tenant Still Steaming Over Not Having Cooking Gas

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A spark of hope remains dim for one Manhattan resident, whose saga of living without cooking gas in his apartment keeps dragging on after he thought the problem was finally fixed. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following report.

Eight months without cooking gas has taken its toll on tenant Maurice Engler.

"The landlords are saying, 'Oh yeah, well, we're waiting,'" Engler says.

Back in July, NY1 for You told viewers how the West Village tenant was living without cooking gas since December, when his building's maintenance men punctured a gas line.

Engler's landlord blamed the delay on requests for access to perform work and the availability of different agencies. Con Edison, on the other hand, said they didn't receive the appropriate documentation they needed until the prior month.

After our initial story aired, Engler's gas was turned back on.

"There was no communication back to me at all until you got involved, and suddenly, an appointment and gas," he said at the time.

However, that was only for part of a day until once again, Engler and this time, his entire building, lost gas.

A Con Ed spokesman said the New York City Fire Department discovered another gas leak, had to turn off the gas and could not restore it until the building's contractor made repairs and submitted documentation.

Now, almost two months later, the building is still without gas. The landlord told NY1 that before Con Ed can turn the gas back on, all of the piping has to be replaced, which is a very involved process. He went on to say management is hoping to get the gas restored within the next 30 days, and once they know the date, tenants will be informed. In the meantime, the landlord said tenants will receive individual reimbursements for their time living without gas in the form of a rate abatement or check.

For its part, a spokesman said Con Ed is still waiting for the building's contractor.

NY1 for You will keep viewers updated on this heated issue.

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