Montreal man confined to apartment due to building inaccessibility

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Michel Cordey using keyboard

Michel Cordey Stuck in Apartment

Recently, in Montreal, Canada, a man was stuck in his third floor apartment for over a week. The situation was caused after the elevator in his apartment building broke following a power outage. Other residents were able to use the stairs but for Michel Cordey, who uses a wheelchair, the building had become completely inaccessible. Cordey was made aware of the situation via an “Out of Order” sign placed on the elevator. While he was confined to his apartment, Cordey was unable to independently buy food, lost work, and began calling the apartment his “thousand dollar jail.” Reflecting on the situation and its causes, Cordey stated, “I can understand that a technical problem will happen here and there, but when it starts to affect the job that allows me to pay my rent, when I work from home, it’s kind of hard.”

Readers, what do you think should be done in similar circumstances?

A video further explaining Cordey’s situation, produced by CTV Montreal, can be viewed here.