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

DETROIT – Residents of an apartment complex on the east side of Detroit said they were dealing with cold apartments and had no access to adequate heat.

Tenants on 1630 East State Fair Avenue said they had run out of heat since the beginning of the year. Tenants do not have access to the boiler for the building.

With temperatures just below freezing, the older tenants said that they were at the end of the day without heating. They have resorted to unsafe methods to keep themselves warm, including space heaters and stoves for heating.

A tenant, who spoke to Local 4 but asked to keep her identity a secret, said she was given space heating, but it wasn’t enough to keep her apartment warm. She said the cost of running the heater could also add to her utility bills. She said her neighbor was in the same situation.


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

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