Residents of NYCHA housing are demanding that the organization credit them for the added expenses they’ve incurred after a severe utility outage that some have called “inhumane.” More than 60 families were affected when the gas was abruptly shut off at the Red Hook Houses. The agency did provide the families a single hot plate each to accommodate their cooking needs but some individuals were without this necessary utility for more than three months. Residents are demanding reimbursement and a credit to their monthly rent payments for the severe financial, emotional, monetary, and physical strain this hardship has placed on residents. Some say cooking dinner, a chore that used to take 45 minutes, can now take as much as two hours with the limited resources available to them.
Residents of NYCHA housing are entitled to safe and adequate living conditions. When NYCHA fails, the strain can be overwhelming for hardworking individuals trying to support families. And when the situation turns dangerous, residents could potentially file civil premises liability lawsuits.
While shutting off the gas to several apartment houses in the complex might not be a humanitarian crisis, it does put tremendous strain on families, their budgets, and their schedules. Some residents (including diabetics) have claimed that relying on a single hot plate to cook meals has adversely affected their health.
In New York City, apartment owners-including the city-are required to maintain their building in a reasonably safe manner. For example, if they fail to repair a broken staircase or permit debris and garbage to remain in the hallways or stairs, they could be held financially liable in the event an accident occurs.
If you’ve been injured NYCHA housing or a privately-owned apartment building due to a failure to rectify a dangerous situation, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries, medical bills and lost time from work. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 to speak with an experienced New York City premises liability lawyer with any further delay.