The saga continues of unacceptable living conditions at my apartment block in downtown Regina.
What really gets me is the lack of action from our management group, Nicor.
Our needs are simple: Heat & Hot Water, Working Elevators and Alarms that only ring when there is a fire.
Well, folks – we don’t have heat and now there is no hot water … for at least 2 days, which means it could be four days. The weekend is upon us after all.
It was late last night when the pipes in my apartment started to ping and pop, this morning it did feel remotely warmer than the last few nights.
The HUDSON BAY point blanket comes in handy when you have northwest winds rippin’ across the prairies dropping temperatures. This SUCKS!
When I got home last night I was “gobsmacked” to see a note from our maintenance man, Don.
( None of this should fall on Don, he’s just the messenger but he will receive the brunt of the anger, because he’s front line!)
The note indicated the heat issues were being sorted with the changing of one of the boilers – BUT to accommodate this the OTHER boiler would be out of commission and thus we would have NO HOT WATER for a COUPLE of DAYS! A COUPLE of DAYS .. are you serious.
We haven’t had a fire alarm sound for a little while, but for a couple of days it was way too often. No Smoke. No Fire. (Thank God)
Let’s say, we were all getting pretty good at making our way to the lobby, checking if we were all accounted for (hell of a way to meet your neighbours) and then wondering what would happen next. The one thing we have decided is there should be a ‘fire marshall’ for each floor.
I think its BS that all this happens as soon as it gets cold. We have had people in and out of our building checking pipes, alarm systems and everything else this fall.
Yes, the Prince Charles is an older building, but the essentials should be met. We haven’t even spoken about the elevators not working. One is being fixed, parts had to be created for this. (Or that’s the story.) Those guys have been working constantly to get the elevator going, then they will start on the other.
Anyway, back to the current issues.
With the first complaint of NO HEAT, would you not think a building management group would reach out to the tenants and tell them what was going on and when the issue would be remedied. We didn’t receive any communication until last night. In the mean time, people are using heaters, their ovens or just trying to find warm places to go. Not everyone in the building works, some have no immediate family to go stay with, so what do you do – bundle up and hope for the best.
I am so tempted to get a hotel room. Then bill it back to our management company.
Tenants need stand up to management companies that seem to remove themselves from the human element of living under such conditions.
I believe a rent reduction or some compensation is in order.