Residents of Irvington Lofts are calling for a permanent solution to the recurring heating issues, as they have been dealing with the problem for years according to reports. The Marion County Health Department is taking legal action against the property management company, citing ongoing violations of health and safety standards.
The heating and cooling system is currently being replaced at a cost of around $250,000 per building, with the South building expected to be repaired by November 30th. In the meantime, residents are using space heaters to stay warm, which has sparked concerns about fire danger.
This recent outage comes after a two-week power outage that prompted the Marion County Public Health Department to step in and take legal action. While residents affected by the power outage were eventually provided with hotels and received a $300 discount on their November rent, those dealing with the heat outage have not been provided with a reimbursement. Fran Quigley of the Health and Human Rights Clinic at Indiana University McKinney School of Law suggested that resident rights are being violated and they should take action by reaching out to the Marion County Health Department and contacting Indiana Legal Services for assistance.
Records from the Marion County Health Department show that it has issued 9 violations to Irvington Lofts so far this year, 7 of which are heat related. Irvington Lofts management stated that it is working with the health department to address the issue, but residents continue to voice their frustration over the lack of permanent solutions.