Northampton housing complex banning residents from using window-mounted AC

Hampshire County

Some residents in a Northampton housing complex are frustrated by new rules forbidding window air conditioners.

Tom O’Connor with the Northampton Housing Authority said the decision was made over safety concerns that the units could fall out, and workers compensation concerns, as the maintenance workers remove and install the units for a fee. 

O’Connor said the new rule, issued in the last few months, affects only the MacDonald and the Walter Salvo House. 

O’Connor said the housing authority has helped residents purchase new portable units.

“I was able to go out the next day and afford an air conditioner, but there are people here who can’t afford the rent,” O’Connor told 22News. “It’s not quite as good as the other, it doesn’t generate as much cool air.”

O’Connor told 22News 26 residents have taken the Housing Authority up on their offer to take $100 off of the rent of people who had purchased units, and five people have taken their offer of a payment plan to purchase a portable unit from the Housing Authority.

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