Heat and Hot Water

In New York City the heat season begins each year on October 1 and ends on May 31. During that time, an owner must provide heat according to the following schedule:

  • between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., if the temperature outdoors falls below 55 degrees*, then the temperature inside your apartment must be maintained at 68 degrees;
  • between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., if the temperature outdoors falls below 40 degrees, then the temperature inside your apartment must be maintained at 55 degrees.

Furthermore, the hot water temperature must be maintained at 120 degrees, 24 hours per day, year round.

Tenants who want to make complaints about an insufficiency of heat or hot water should contact the New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s (HPD) Central Complaints Office.  The next step would be to file a legal HP Action with the NYC HPD and the Law Offices of  Attorney Eric Feinberg can help.

*All temperatures are given in Fahrenheit.