Putting a Price on Heat, Legal Aid Threatens to Sue Housing Authority

New York City has seen the most days below freezing this winter since 1961. The frigid temperatures have taken a toll on Nycha’s aging boilers, leaving 323,098 residents without heat or hot water at some point during the heating season.

News Story (New York)

Jeffery C. Mays
New York Times (NYT)
February 11, 2018

Tags: Housing

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society (New York City)


Using this information, Legal Aid Society lawyers argue that anywhere from $2.5 million to $15 million in rent payments should be rebated based on the average monthly rent of $509, or $17 per day.

“Building owners in New York City are legally obligated to provide heat and hot water for their tenants. This right applies equally to Nycha tenants and those in private housing,” Ms. Newman said in an interview.