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In this residence near Toulouse, the light stays on 24 hours a day

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The tenants of an HLM residence in Castelmaurou have been experiencing an ubiquitous situation since the beginning of October: after having lived for 18 months in total darkness, the lighting of their common areas now remains on 24 hours a day. And this year, their charges have increased. increased by more than 100 € …

It is a brand new residence, as it has pushed hundreds of in Toulouse and its metropolitan area over the past ten years. Light plaster facade, tiled roof, bricks for the reminder… Simple materials for a “senior” residence of 7 apartments, completed in June 2016. The “Fountain of youth” is located 20 km north-east of the square du Capitole, a hundred meters from the town hall, in the center of Castelmaurou.

In this HLM Seniors residence, in Castelmaurou near Toulouse, infiltration problems arise.

In this HLM Seniors residence, in Castelmaurou near Toulouse, infiltration problems arise.
DDM – FREDERIC CHARMEUX

Water infiltration

The social landlord, Altéal (formerly Colomiers Habitat), is one of the heavyweights in the sector, with more than 12,000 housing units scattered throughout the region. “We had water infiltration problems from the start in 2016 during heavy thunderstorms,” says Dominique, one of the tenants. Often, water seeps in and blows up electric meters. “This is where we started having outdoor lighting problems, in the hallway. Last year, for 13 months, we had no light at all… ”In the evening, to go home or simply take out the trash, tenants are obliged to take a flashlight or turn on the flashlight. their cell phone.

The light on 24 hours a day

“In August, a repairman came to put insulation on the roof through my balcony, because the electricity meters were taking water,” says the tenant. At the beginning of October an electrician intervenes to repair and put the light back on, but two hours after his departure, the light finally repaired remains on night and day without interruption. “It was the last straw”, really, explain the tenants, who have come together to contact the lessor. “But each time, we are told that they take note, and there is no going back… it’s starting to do well, we don’t care about us, the retirees don’t give a damn…”

In this HLM Seniors residence, in Castelmaurou near Toulouse, infiltration problems arise.

In this HLM Seniors residence, in Castelmaurou near Toulouse, infiltration problems arise.
DDM – FREDERIC CHARMEUX

To top it off, upon receipt of the charge statements for the past year, tenants had to pay more than € 100 in additional charges, whereas usually, they were reimbursed for an overpayment … does not explain this increase in charges, it is a very small residence, with little cleaning of the common areas … “

Contacted by “La Dépêche”, the lessor Alteal has not been able, for the moment, to react to the comments of the tenants of the residence.

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