Heat in New York apartments--what is the landlord responsible for?
December 8, 2010 9:35 AM Subscribe
I know New York housing laws mandate that landlords keep apartments heated under certain conditions--does this mean they must keep the apartment at that heat, or does it mean that they have to make a heating option available?
posted by thelatermonths to Society & Culture (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I recently moved in to a new apartment in New York, and now that it's finally winter, have started to think about turning on the heater. Here's the issue: the apartment, without heating on, is about 45 degrees at night and in the morning, which is clearly under the temperature that New York laws allow. We do have individual heaters in each of the rooms, but they add to our gas bill.
So here's the main question: when New York laws state that the landlord must provide heat up to a certain level, does that mean that they have to keep it at a certain temperature, or does it mean that they can provide a heater that's capable of doing that for us?
And a secondary question: do riders to leases override state housing laws? One of the riders we signed says this: ALL UTILITIES, "INCLUDING HEAT, COST WILL BE INDIVIDUALLY METERED TO THE TENANTS APARTMENT. ALL PAYMENTS FOR THESE COSTS ARE THE TENANTS RESPONSIBILITY."
Is this a problem?
Thank you all so much!