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March 2, 2011 11:30 AM Subscribe
NYC Landlord filter - in my apartment building, each of the apartments has their own gas hookup, but the landlord has not turned on the heat for the communal areas (hallways, etc.) Is this against the law?
posted by to sir with millipedes to Law & Government (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
To be clear, we are none of us freezing to death. We get our own gas bill, have our own furnace, and we have no problem with the warmth of our building. The thing is that the communal areas (hallways, foyer, etc.) are unheated because the landlord has deliberately refused to pay the heating bills. Tenants who have been there for a while told us that the heat used to be on, and the resultant hallway warmth made our individual heating bills much cheaper.
I'm wondering if the landlord is legally required to provide heat to communal areas. I'm not really sure that I'm even interested in prusuing this, as it would very likely just make my living situation much much worse. But it would save us money, and I'm just curious if it's against the law.