Tenant claims two months without heat due to improper asbestos removal

A BUFFALO FAMILY SAYS THEY WERE WITHOUT HEAT FOR 2 MONTHS IN THEIR LAKEVIEW AVENUE HOME. THE PROBLEM ALL STARTED WHEN THEIR BOILER WENT OUT. BUT DURING THE REPAIR PROCESS …. ASBESTOS WAS DISCOVERED IN THE BASEMENT. THE FATHER TELLS US, HE’S CONCERNED FOR HIS KIDS’ HEALTH. NEWS 4′ S JENN SCHANZ HAS THE STORY. JENN? NALINA, EVELIO VASQUEZ AND HIS LANDLORD MUTUALLY AGREED TO TERMINATE HIS LEASE … BUT THIS CAME AFTER A LOT OF BACK AND FORTH. VASQUEZ WAS TAKEN TO HOUSING COURT FOR WITHOLDING TWO Months OF RENT. HE SAYS AFTER TWO MONTHS WITHOUT HEAT, HE Finally DECIDED TO STOP PAYING IT. PRIOR TO THAT, VASQUEZ HAD PAID HIS RENT ON TIME. HE’S NOW IN A NEW PLACE, BUT SAYS HE Demands TO TAKE ACTION, TO MAKE SURE OTHER FAMILIES AVOID A SIMILIAR SITUATION .(( “WE WERE FREEZING WITH NO HEAT, PAYING RENT, STILL WHILE WE WAS NOT GETTING NO HEAT. TRUSTING IN HER, BELIEVING IN HER, THAT SHE’S Get TO DO HER PART AND GET THIS PROBLEM ADDRESSED.” )) WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN A PRETTY SIMPLY JOB AT THIS HOME ON LAKEVIEW AVENUE TURNED INTO A MUCH BIGGER ONE. A BROKEN BOILER HAD ASBESTOS COMPONENTS ATTACHED TO IT, AS MANY HEATING SYSTEM DO. (( “ALL THE CONTRACTORS CAME DOWN HERE, SAID IT’S A QUICK FIX, THEY’D JUST GOT TO TAKE THE BOILER OUT AND PUT ANOTHER ONE IN.” )) BUT PEOPLE TASKED WITH FIXING IT, MADE IT WORSE. (( “IN THIS CASE, WHAT HAPPENED WAS THAT SOMEBODY DIDN’T REMOVE THE ASBESTOS IN THE WAY THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO.” )) THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR SUSPENDED THE PROJECT FOR HEALTH Grounds. TO GET IT ALL FIXED, COST TOO MUCH FOR THE LANDLORD TO PAY. IT’S STILL UNFINISHED. THE HEAT? THAT DIDN’T GET RESOLVED EITHER. EVELIO VAZQUEZ RENTED THIS SINGLE FAMILY HOME FOR ALMOST 4 Years. FROM MID OCTOBER TO MID DECEMBER …. THEY DIDN’T HAVE HEAT. (( “IT WAS HEARTWRENTCHING ON THE ENTIRE FAMILY TO SEE MY KIDS, SLEEPING WITH WINTER CLOTHES ON, AS BEST WE CAN TO BUNDLE UP.” )) HE BOUGHT HIS OWN SINLGE HEATING UNIT, BUT HE SAID THAT DIDN’T KEEP THE HOUSE WARM ENOUGH.ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF PERMITS& INSPECTIONS WITH THE CITY OF BUFFALO, LOUIS PETRUCCI … SAYS THIS Instance ISN’T A COMMON ONE. (( “MOST PEOPLE THAT USE GOOD CONTRACTORS DON’T HAVE THIS TYPE OF PROBLEM.” )) VASQUEZ IS NOW IN A NEW APARTMENT, AND WORKING WITH PUSH BUFFALO TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST HIS LANDLORD, WHO WOULD NOT COMMENT ON OUR STORY. PETRUCCI SAYS THIS WAS SORT OF AN UNUSUAL CASE, GIVEN THE ASBESTOS COMPONENT TO THIS HEATING PROBLEM. VASQUEZ DID HAVE TO PAY HIS LANDLORD TWO MONTHS OF BACKRENT. THE CITY TELLS ME IN CERTAIN CASES, THEY CAN MANDATE A LANDLORD DOESN’T RE-RENT A UNIT BEFORE IT’S FIXED.WE WILL BE KEEPING TABS ON THIS STORY AND LET YOU KNOW WHAT FURTHER STEPS ARE TAKEN. LIVE IN THE NEWSROOM, JENN SCHANZ NEWS 4 AT 5:30..

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