Harlem public housing development goes without gas for 3 weeks; residents hold rent strike

Posted: 11:15 AM, Sep 03, 2013
Updated: 2013-09-03 20:26:29-04

HARLEM (PIX11) — The Lexington Houses in Harlem have been without gas for nearly a month and residents have had enough.

Tenants say there was a gas leak and the city claimed it would have to shut the gas off for a week to fix the problem.

Now three weeks later, the city is saying it won’t be able to turn the gas back on until late October.

The tenants are now fighting against the city by starting a rent strike, with hopes that the number of participants will force the city to fix the issue.

Residents are forced to cook on electric hot plates supplied by the city.

The gas outage is just another problem added to the roster of elevator issues and water leaks.