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NY public housing Sandy rent rebates start in Jan.

NEW YORK (AP) -- More than 35,000 families living in New York City public housing complexes will start getting breaks on their rent next month after Superstorm Sandy walloped their buildings.

The city Housing Authority announced Thursday that the rent credits would begin in January. The tenants won't be charged rent for any days they were without power, heat, hot water or elevators after the Oct. 29 storm.

Individual rebates depend on each affected tenant's rent and how long the problems endured. Altogether, the discounts will total $5.6 million.

Sandy flooded and damaged several NYCHA complexes. Some were without heat or power for two weeks or more.

The housing authority first announced plans for the rent credits last month.

The authority also is holding off most evictions in damaged developments until Feb. 1.