In recent news, the Marion County Health Department has taken legal action against Irvington Lofts due to ongoing heating issues that have affected residents for years. The department has issued 9 violations to Irvington Lofts this year, with 7 of them being heat-related. This comes after a two-week power outage that prompted the health department to step in and take action.
While residents affected by the power outage received compensation in the form of hotels and a $300 discount on their November rent, those dealing with the heat outage were not provided any form of compensation. Fran Quigley from the Health and Human Rights Clinic at Indiana University McKinney School of Law suggested that residents’ rights are being violated and that they should take action by contacting the Marion County Health Department and contacting the Indiana Legal Department for assistance.
Despite this, residents continue to express their desire for a permanent solution to recurring heating problems. Currently, Irvington Lofts is replacing its heating and cooling system at an estimated cost of $250,000 per building, with the South building expected to be repaired by November 30th. However, some residents are using space heaters to keep warm which poses a risk of fire concerns.