Posted by DK on January 05, 1999 at 09:12:15:
In Reply to: Thermostate posted by Catherine on January 04, 1999 at 22:19:23:
: Does anyone know if it is legal in an owner occupied, two family house in NYC, if the Landlord can legally, disconnect the thermostate, in the tenants apartment(that was previously in working order) from the boiler????????????????????????
If you live in New York City, the heating provisions of the Housing Maintenance Code apply to "tenant occupied one- or two-family dwellings" as well as multiple dwellings. That means that your apartment must be heated to 68 degrees between 6 am and 10 pm when it is less than 55 degrees outside. (you can find the detailed regulations on the tenant.net site)
While your landlord must provide you with adequate heat that complies with the regulations, the landlord, not the tenant, gets to control the thermostat. If you are not getting adequate heat after complaining, call the central complaint number, or take your landlord to housing court.
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