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Re: trying to get heat

Posted by TenantNet on November 25, 1996 at 13:40:39:

In Reply to: trying to get heat posted by John Morse on November 24, 1996 at 23:02:44:

: My wife and I are wonderring if anyone has some good advice for our
: situation. We live in an apartment in Milwaukee, WI in and the heat
: in our apartment has been very unreliable. The building in which we
: lives is old and is heated by radiators, but our radiators never
: warm up the apartment. We are at the end of a heating line, and
: apparently the heat shuts off before it fully heats our apartment.
: We had great difficulty convincing the landlord that this was a problem
: earlier in the month, and now the temperature in the apartment gets
: worse as the winter gets colder. On most days over the lst week, our
: apartment doesn't get much warmer than 65 degrees.

I've been in Wisconsin when it's 20 below and it's not fun. Check your local city codes for minimum heat standards and it may depend on the time of day and how cold it is outside.

Then document the problem with a thermometer and keep a log sheet. You might ask to have an inspector come out to place a violation. If the owner is willing, try to work with him: if he's a jerk, get a violation. Although 65 can be uncomfortable, especially to the elderly, it may still be legal. If the owner provides the heat for the water, try turning on a shower for a while or filling up pots with hot water. It does wonders. Do not use the stove as there are dangers of gas fumes.

: - John Morse

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