The city of Hamilton is being left out in the cold.
It's on the hook for 80 thousand dollars spent on gas payments to keep the heat on at an East End highrise.
The gas was shut off at 355 Melvin Avenue in July of 2008 and the city stepped in using the vital services by-law to protect the tenants from a landlord who didn't pay his bills.
The city put a lien on the property.
Now the Ontario court of appeal says Hamilton can't recoup it's expenses because the property has been sold, but the proceeds weren't enough to cover the city's account.
The ruling ends any hope Hamilton had of seeing that money again.