THE BRONX - Residents at a Mott Haven apartment building say they have been living without heat for nearly three months.

Tenants at 10-77 Teller Ave. say the lack of heat has caused illness, financial struggles and frustration. They say they have been racking up large electric bills to keep portable heaters operating, while rent fees have remained unchanged.

The denizens say the landlord provided the electric heaters, but they had to go out and purchase more blankets and warm clothing because the heaters are not powerful enough to heat every room.

According to residents, the building's landlord says the heat issue stems from a problem with the boiler. They say they have not received a deadline on when it could be fixed.

Many of the building's residents say they are part of a program called "basics," for recovering drug addicts and alcoholics. Many have expressed concerns with this being the reason they're receiving poor treatment.

According to the Department of Housing Preservation and Development's website, the building is not properly registered with HPD. By law, landlords are required to keep buildings at a certain temperature.