Austin tenants threaten rent strike

CBS Channel 2 reported on Friday that tenants of a foreclosed building in Chicago's Austin neighborhood are "fed up and threatening a rent strike."

The tenants of the 32-unit building, located at Laramie and West End avenues, say the building’s furnace was ripped out and stolen, and say the building’s receiver has not replaced it.

The tenants say that electrical outlets spark, that the roof and floors are soft in spots, that water service was shut out for months until finally restored two months ago, and that appliances and repair work promised by the receiver never materialize.

No furnace? No water for months? If that's accurate, it's simply amazing that any of the tenants are paying rent. How can the city have allowed the building to remain inhabited under those conditons?

Filed under: Real estate

Tags: Austin, CBS, Rent strike, Video, West side

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