WETHERSFIELD — A landlord faces multiple charges after it was found he supplied no heat to his tenants, who were living in a house with a “fully exposed basement,” Wyoming County sheriff’s investigators said.
The tenants include two adults and six children, ranging in age from 1 to 12.
Deputy Renee Rudolph and Sgt. Colin Reagan were called to 4713 Poplar Tree Rd. Friday after the tenants called the Sheriff’s Department for help because of below-freezing temperatures.
Reagan said the property had no operable heating system and an exposed basement.
“One full side of the basement was torn off and just supported by wood beams,” he said.
The owner, David D. Woolley, 27, also had left an “unreasonably loud radio playing and an air compressor running in an adjacent apartment all day and night.”
He said that apartment was vacant and Woolley offered no explanation as to why he did that.
He said the family was using other sources in an attempt to heat the house, causing them to feel ill and tired. The tenants have relocated to another location, Reagan said.
Woolley was charged with second-degree criminal nuisance, six counts of endangering the welfare of a child, unlawful eviction under real property law and lessor willfully violating lease terms under Real Property Law.
He was arraigned and released to appear Dec. 10 in Wyoming County Court.