Irvington Lofts, a popular residential complex in Marion County, has faced legal action from the county’s Health Department for not providing heat to residents. This issue has been ongoing for years, according to residents who have had to endure cold temperatures during the winter months. 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.
Residents have been using space heaters to stay warm, but this has sparked concerns about fire danger. The 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, and in the meantime, residents will receive $150 off of their December rent as a repayment for the loss of food. Despite this, residents are continuing to voice their desire for a permanent solution to the recurring heating issues.