Landlord alleges heating company pumped 300 gallons of oil into her home

TRD New York /
Dec.December 27, 2012 11:30 AM

There’s a bit of a sticky situation at a Cypress Hills rental home. The New York Post reported that the property’s landlord, Vera Bernier, has sued Reliable Heating Oil Inc. for $50,000 for accidentally pumping 300 gallons of oil onto the basement floor. The home is located at 132 Cleveland Street and is occupied by the principal of a Christian high school principal and his wife, who’s a teacher. The company apparently intended to deliver the oil to a nearby home, but instead pumped it into an old pipe leading into the home at 132 Cleveland.

Bernier alleges that Reliable was, well, reliable immediately after the spill, which took place in January, but then walked off once clean-up costs piled up. Jim Gochnauer, one of the home’s residents, said that Reliable owes him $200 to cover an increase in the electrical bill caused by the company’s decision to run fans to weaken the smell of oil.

Vinny Burns, the owner of Reliable, admitted that mistakes were made and said that everyone would get their money back. He said the issues stem from the company buying an insurance police that doesn’t cover these types of incidents.

“It’s a big whole mess, obviously,” Burns told the Post. “It’s all going to get taken care of. It’s just taking a while because of the lawyers.” [NYP] –Zachary Kussin


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
(Image by Wolfgang & Hite via Dezeen)

Hudson Yards megadevelopment inspires a new line of sex toys

Hudson Yards megadevelopment inspires a new line of sex toys
Cammeby's International Group founder Rubin Schron and, from top: 194-05 67th Avenue, 189-15 73rd Avenue and 64-05 186th Lane (Credit: Google Maps)

Ruby Schron lands $500M refi for sprawling Queens apartment portfolio

Ruby Schron lands $500M refi for sprawling Queens apartment portfolio
Wendy Silverstein (Credit: Getty Images)

Wendy Silverstein, co-head of WeWork’s real-estate fund, is out

Wendy Silverstein, co-head of WeWork’s real-estate fund, is out
New foreclosure filings are rising again as limits are lifted (iStock)

Foreclosure filings ramp up, especially in minority neighborhoods

Foreclosure filings ramp up, especially in minority neighborhoods
WeWork CEO Sandeep Mathrani (Wikimedia)

WeWork tells members you must pay rent

WeWork tells members you must pay rent
Clockwise from left: Vornado CEO Steven Roth, Ralph Lauren, 650 Madison Avenue and the Starrett-Lehigh building (Getty, VNO, Wikimedia)

New round of layoffs as NYC struggles to come back

New round of layoffs as NYC struggles to come back
The MTA board approved rent relief for small businesses in Grand Central and other locations (iStock)

MTA cuts rent up to 90% for small businesses

MTA cuts rent up to 90% for small businesses
The best accessories to revamp your workspace

The best accessories to revamp your workspace

The best accessories to revamp your workspace
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...