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Water, heat outages mar mayor's announcement

Maybe it was just bad timing. Yesterday, Mayor de Blasio announced his administration's plan for upgrading the water and heating systems in the New York City public housing units. Simultaneously, over 4,000 tenants had no access to either heat or water in their apartments.

The dual outage affected tenants at Far Rockaway's Hammel Houses and Washington Heights' Ralph Rangel Houses. Over in Brooklyn's Fort Green, there was no hot water for tenants living in the Walt Whitman Houses.

During yesterday's press conference that was held on the Lower East Side, Mayor de Blasio stated that there were new boilers installed at a dozen housing developments in addition to the five mobile boilers that have been used since winter of last year. That was when 323,098 had no heat due to outages.

Tenants who suffer injuries or damages due to landlord negligence may be able to file claims of premises liability and seek financial recovery. While not every power outage will rise to such a level, each incident must be considered on its own merits.

Landlords and building owners have to maintain safe and habitable premises for their tenants. If they fail to do so and someone gets hurt or suffers an illness or worsened condition, the person who dropped the ball could bear legal liability.

Many tenants of public housing developments in New York City are unaware of their rights. Learning all that you can about liability for damages in public housing units is recommended if you choose to pursue a claim for damages that you may have suffered as a result of an outage.

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