Legal Aid Demands Rebates for Nycha Tenants Left in the Cold

The class-action lawsuit comes after the authority refused a demand from Legal Aid to abate from $2.5 million to $15 million in rent to tenants who were left without basic services during heating season.

News Story (New York)

Jeffery C. Mays
New York Times (NYT)
April 12, 2018

Tags: Housing: Public

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


As the authority’s creaky boilers struggled to keep up with freezing temperatures last fall and winter, 323,098 residents did not have heat or hot water at some point between Oct. 1 and Jan. 22, according to agency data obtained by the City Council. During the same time period, 143,000 out of more than 175,000 public housing apartments were without heat and hot water for an average of 48 hours, according to the housing authority.

According to the lawsuit, the housing authority closed heat complaints before they were resolved and misled the public about the length of the heat and hot water outages and how long it took to repair them.