PATERSON, NJ - While the current cold spell is expected to come to an end on Wednesday winter is by no means over, and one city landlord is taking extra steps to make sure his tenants have access to heat and running water throughout the season.
“As a landlord my job is to provide livable housing conditions to my tenants,” Charles Florio said in a statement to TAPinto Paterson. Acknowledging that over the past few days the cold temperature has been difficult for many of his tenants, including because of broken and frozen water pipes and inoperable heat, Paterson’s largest owner of rental residential properties said that he should “lead by example.”
With four licensed plumbing company working “almost around the clock” to make fixes, and a maintenance department at the ready to repair leaking ceilings and damaged floors, Florio said that he wants to take keeping his tenants warm and comfortable one step further.
If his crews cannot make adequate fixes by the end of the business day on which the problem is called, Florio said, he will pay for the cost of the tenants to stay is an area hotel until the repair is made.
The offer, he said “goes out to all current tenants no matter if they are behind in rent or not, as one thing has nothing to do with the other.”
While making the offer Florio asked that all tenants insure there windows are fully closed and that window air conditioning units that may be allowing cold air to enter be removed.
“This offer is available throughout the winter months,” Florio concludes, “as it is my moral, ethical, and fiduciary responsibility to do so.”
When told of the offer Mayor Andre Sayegh said that the city appreciates his act of kindness during this deep freeze.
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