Tenant takes landlord to court for lack of heat

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CHICAGO -- Connie Brown says her heat has been out since November. The toilet froze, the water froze. The bucket she had to fill up the toilet froze.

No water, no toilet, no hot water.

Landlord David Williams had to answer to these conditions in court.

“I feel for them, but here's another thing: If they would have been paying their rent, it wouldn't have came to anything like this,” Williams said.

Williams said it would cost $40-50,000 to fix the boiler, money he says he just doesn't have.

So the judge issued an emergency order for tenants to vacate within three weeks.

“They're going to appoint a receiver who will then pay the tenants $1,500 relocation assistance to help them move to a new place,” said John Barlett of the Metropolitan Tenants Organization.

Much to the relief of the tenants of the arctic apartment.


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