'Cause, tenants, it's cold outside!

Between October 1 and May 31, we are in "Heat Season." During this time, the City requires building owners to provide tenants with heat according to the temperature outside.  Your landlord MUST provide you with adequate heat and hot water, though based on your lease, you may be required to pay for gas, fuel, or electricity to run heating equipment.


 

 

During the day (6AM to 10PM)

If is below 55°F outside, It must be at least 68°F inside.

 

During the evening (10PM to 6AM)

If it is below 40°F outside, It must be at least 55°F inside.


Property owners are also required to provide hot water 365 days per year at a constant minimum temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

Don't be afraid to assert your rights—you are not alone!  The city keeps a running count of the heat complaints each heat season.  If your landlord is not providing adequate heat, don't spend the winter cold.  Call 311, or report it online or with the HPD app.

 

Posted on November 18, 2015 .