Fight heats up in Bronx after blaze leaves tenants without cooking gas


Allegations are flying following an apartment building fire in the Bronx that left tenants without cooking gas.

Now, the residents are demanding rent abatement for the trouble.

The blaze occured in August 2011 at Mount Eden apartments, and 58 units went without cooking gas for seven months, the New York Daily News reported.

New York Lawyers for the Public Trust wants Chestnut Holikdings, Inc. to reimburse tenants one-third of rent paid during the gas-free months.

In the Daily News story, you’ll find fingerpointing in every direction: The property management company says it didn’t restore cooking gas because a group called Community Action for Safe Apartments told renters not to allow access to certain units.

CASA says that’s a common excuse for failing to make repairs.

This battle is brewing in the Big Apple, but the same situation could arise in the Golden State.

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