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Re: Unreasonable to request my own thermostat for regulating heat in 2-unit building?

Posted by nycmo on February 07, 2002 at 19:19:58:

In Reply to: Unreasonable to request my own thermostat for regulating heat in 2-unit building? posted by yippee1999 on February 04, 2002 at 12:11:25:

: I have the same problem, i live in a 2 family house that the first floor tenants control the heat. They never have the heat on, so i might see heat 1-3 times a week. By the way, those tenants below me are freinds of the landlord, and he is very cheap. He claims all the time i dont need heat, then takes my rent. i never see him till the first of the month.


: I live in a brownstone on the first floor. The landlord is still in the process of fixing up the other three floors, which she hopes to rent as one unit.

: I am therefore the only tenant currently in the building. The heat is steam heat?.... radiators in the rooms, and run by fuel. The thermostat that regulates the heat in the entire building is located in the other unit. Most times the heat level on my floor is OK, but there are also times when it just doesn't work well, and I am quite cold. I've mentioned this to the landlord, and she'll mumble... "oh, that's strange... I'll adjust the thermostat" or "... well, it is supposed to be warmer this weekend, so maybe that's why the heat's not on...". She has this bad habit of not LISTENING when I tell her there's a problem.

: But anyway, does anyone know how such buildings normally work, when there's only 1-3 tenants in a building? Should each tenant have their own thermostat? If not, who's to say WHICH tenant should be allowed to determine the temp. for everyone else? Or is it possible that some thermostats can be set so that only a certain person (like the landlord, or someone with a key or a code) can adjust it? Regardless, do you think it unreasonable of me to want my own thermostat? Would that entail alot of reconfiguration of electrical/fuel lines?

: Thanks.

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