I live in a rundown, ancient building in the heart of a big city. These buildings are where the affordable housing is found, since no one in the government is really checking up on their building codes or repair checks. Often, these old buildings have furnaces haven’t even worked in years & there is never any type of a/c to speak of. It allows landlords to keep their rents low, since they suppose that it is not likely for any of their tenants to report them. They need the low rent as much as the landlord needs a renter. But, last year, the people I was with and I had a huge issue in our building that made the news. A young man was using an old portable electric oil furnace in his tiny studio apartment. The building was entirely drafty & always cold. Most of the tenants knew that you had to be really careful with any type of portable heater, since you could easily blow out the entire building. One night he had fallen asleep with his portable oil furnace turned on high. The studio was getting really hot. His girlfriend was calling him all night long with no answer. He became concerned & finally decided to do a checkup on her. When the cops arrived, they could feel the heat through the door & broke it down. They called 911 immediately as they saw he was out cold. There was a small carbon monoxide leak in the oil furnace that he didn’t know about. It nearly killed him as he was breathing in the toxic heat. After that, the Department of Health got involved, but, luckily none of the tenants got evicted. Instead, they made the owner outfit the building with real Heating & Air Conditioning systems.