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Heat & Hot Water Requirements
 
 
For New York City
The New York City Housing Maintenance Code and New York State Multiple Dwelling Law requires landlords to provide heat and hot water to all tenants of multiple dwellings and tenant-occupied 1 and 2 family dwellings.

These requirements are set by Section 79 (1) of the Multiple Dwelling Law as amended by Chapter 485 of the Law of 1966, and the New York City Health Code Section 131 (c) (1) as amended by resolution adopted by the Department of Health on September 20, 1966, so as to conform to Section 79 (1) of the Multiple Dwelling Law. Also required by Section 27-2029 of the Housing Maintenance Code, effective September 1, 1986.
 

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Cold Weather Heat Requirements

 

Hot Water
Landlords are required to provide hot water 24 hours per day, 365 days per year at a constant minimum temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

Heat
Between October 1st and May 31st, a period designated as "Heat Season", landlords are also required to provide tenants with heat under the following conditions:
  • Between the hours of 6:00 AM and 10:00 PM, if the outside temperature falls below 55 degrees, the inside temperature is required to be 68 degrees Fahrenheit; and,
  • Between the hours of 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM, if the temperature outside falls below 40 degrees, the inside temperature is required to be 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Please note that these are MINIMUM requirements; the comfort of tenants is more important than that you keep to the minimums required by law). There are no heating requirements from June 1 through September 30th regardless of the outside temperature.

If a landlord fails to provide heat and hot water during the winter or has a serious history of flagrantly disregarding obligations to provide service to tenants, HPD’s Housing Litigation Bureau (HLB) may sue the landlord in Housing Court. HLB regularly reviews all heat and hot water violations which are appropriate for litigation.

Violations can also be viewed, free of charge, at information kiosks located throughout the city. A list of kiosk locations is provided at the City's
Housing Preservation & Development website.


Here's a PDF which can be printed out just as you see it, for your reference.

 

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