New Homeowner Rules in New York City for 2019
What is the legal temperature for landlords / tenants in NYC?
Landlords are required to follow the temperature guidelines below:
From 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., the indoor temperature must be at least 68 degrees if the outside temperature falls below 55 degrees. The temperature must be at least 62 degrees between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., regardless of outside temperature.
If the building owner fails to restore service after being issued a violation, HPD’s Emergency Repair Program may find a company to restore service and bill the owner for the repairs and any related violation fees. For egregious violations, HPD can start court proceedings to place monetary penalties on the property owner.
Tenants living in a rent-regulated apartment with heat and hot water violations can request a rent reduction (pdf alert again!). The New York State Division of Housing & Community Renewal (DHCR) is authorized to reduce the rent of regulated units that fail to comply with heat and hot water standards.
What to do if Your Landlord Doesn’t Comply
If your landlord is not complying with NYC heat and hot water regulations, you do have some recourse. The first step is to file a complaint with Housing Preservation & Development (HPD). Once the complaint is filed, HPD will notify the building owner to determine whether the issue has been fixed. If heat or hot water service has not been restored, they will send an HPD inspector to the property to issue a violation.