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Fort St John apartment without heat for three months

Temperatures dropping below minus 20

A Fort St. John woman says she's been living without heat in her apartment for the past three months. 

Cassidy Wald says the situation has become unbearable since temperatures dropped below minus twenty this week. She describes the situation as "horribly cold, and bundled in my bed and kind of snuggling with my dog for warmth and still just being cold."

Neighbors in the building also say they have no heat. Wald says she has complained numerous times to the property manager, Northern Property. 

"They do say that somebody is working on it, and they do frequently tell me it will be fixed you know on Friday, or by the end of the week. But, you know, they've been saying this for three months, so it's very difficult to believe that anymore." 

"You can build an entire apartment building just about in three months, so I can't understand why they can't get the heat working." 

Temperatures in Fort St John have been dipping to below minus 20. The forecast for Thursday evening is minus 26, and Environment Canada is forecasting a windchill value of below minus 40.

Northern Property did not return CBC's request for an interview. Wald is now taking her complaint to the BC Residential Tenancy Branch. Her dispute resolution hearing is scheduled for December 20th. 

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