Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Home Heating Requirements Are in Effect

See Speaker Quinn's email from October 1st below:

Dear New Yorker,

The cold weather season is here! Home heating requirements are now in effect from October 1st to May 31st.

You are entitled to receive heat at night between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. if the temperature outside drops below 40 degrees, and during the day between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. if the temperature outside drops below 55 degrees.

If your landlord is not providing heat, you can file a complaint by calling 311 (for the hearing impaired TTY (212) 504-4115). Filing your complaint promptly will help document that you didn't receive heat on a specific day/time. A New York City Code Enforcement inspector will investigate your complaint and will either issue a building violation or order emergency repairs to restore the services if they find the owner is not providing them.

If you need assistance, please contact Carlos Carino of my staff at (212) 788-9121. You can also e-mail him directly at CCarino@council.nyc.gov.

Thank you!

Christine C. Quinn
New York City Council


Anonymous said...

Rather irresponsible of Christine Quinn to leave off the important parts of the heat regulations:

Nighttime: between 10pm and 6am, if the outside temps are below 40, your apartment temp must be at least 62 (sixty-two degrees). Even in the dead of winter, most apartments do not need Heat in order to reach the required temp of 62 if their heat has been set at 68 during the daytime. Few apartments need "heat" overnight in order to reach 62.

Anonymous said...

Correction: the required overnight temp inside the apartment is even LOWER: it doesn't have to be 62, it is only required to be 55 degrees inside, overnight, when the outside temp is below 40. It is rare that any radiators would heat up if the thermostat were set to 62, but if the thermostat were set at the required minumum of 55, even rarer.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous above sounds like a landlord. But s/he is right: during the day, indoor temp must be at least 68 degrees; during the night, it can be as low as 55 degrees. Of course, 55 degrees in a well-insulated home is one thing----in a drafty old building, it's quite another. The absolute temperature may be identical, but the experience is much different.