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Your landlord is now legally required to turn on your heat

By Rebecca Fontana

As the weather cools off in NYC, new sounds fill the air: Christmas music, jingle bells and annoying radiator noises. That’s because it’s Heat Season, which is a bit of a misnomer since it refers to dropping temperatures that require your landlord—by law—to crank up the heat.

Starting October 1, the law required all New York City landlords to turn on the heat if it drops below 55 degrees outside between 6am and 10pm or below 40 degrees between 10pm and 6am. Since it's a brisk 50 degrees out right now, it's supposed to be at least 68 degrees in your apartment during the day and 55 degrees at night (you might want to grab an extra blanket). This law remains in place until May 31, but hopefully spring will have arrived by then. We’re already counting down the days.

Your tenant rights also include hot water that’s at least 120 degrees every single day of the year, but if you’re feeling frigid in your abode, file a heat or hot water complaint here or call 311 or 212-504-4115. 


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