Heating Requirements for New York City
In effect October 1 to May 31

Also see:

Time of               If Outside Temp.         Inside Temp must
Day                   is less than:             be more than:

6:00 am - 10:00 pm         55°                      68°
10:00 pm - 6:00 am    at any temperature            62°

If You Have Problems With Heat In Your Building:

  1. Use the form below to record the inside and outside temperature. Go to the Weather Bureau for the official outside temperature. Use a thermometer to take the temperature inside your apartment.

  2. Call the Central Complaint Bureau at 311 to register your complaint. You should call each day you have a heating problem. They are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  3. Write and call your landlord. Send letters by certified mail, return receipt requested and keep a copy of the letter. Keep a list of each date and time you called your landlord to complain.

  4. Consider organizing a tenant's association and filing an HP Action against your landlord in Housing Court. If you live in a rent regulated apartment, consider filing a complaint with the Division of Housing and Community Renewal.

Sample Heat Record



Date:         Time:      Outside Temp    Inside Temp   Initials
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