Residents in Detroit apartment complex turn to unsafe heating methods while waiting months for boiler repairs

Residents say heat stopped working in January

After an issue with a boiler, Detroit tenants have been forced to turn to unsafe heating methods.

DETROIT – Residents living at an apartment complex on Detroit’s east side said they’ve been dealing with cold apartments and have not had access to proper heat.

Tenants at 1630 East State Fair Avenue said they haven’t had heat since the start of the year. Tenants do not have access to the boiler for the building.

With temperatures hovering just below freezing, the elderly tenants said they’re at their wits end without working heat. They’ve resorted to unsafe methods of keeping warm including space heaters and using ovens for heat.

One tenant who spoke with Local 4, but asked to keep her identity private, said she was provided with a space heater but it’s not enough to keep her apartment warm. She said the cost of running the heater could raise her utility bills too. She said her neighbor is in the same situation.

When Local 4 reached the landlord, they said the boiler issue and the repairs were ongoing. They initially said they couldn’t say when the repairs would be done. Shortly after Local 4 spoke with them, they said parts had been ordered and they hoped to have repairs done in a week.

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