Hot Water and Heat Law in New York
Landlords are required to provide hot water to all residential tenants. Landlords are required to provide hot water 365 days per year at a constant minimum temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
During Heating Season which is the period between October 1st and May 31st, landlords are required to provide tenants with certain amounts of heat determined by the outside temperature and time of day as follows:
Between 6:00 AM and 10:00 PM, if the outside temperature falls below 55 degrees, the inside temperature is required to be at least 68 degrees Fahrenheit;
Between the hours of 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM, the inside temperature is required to be at least 62 degrees Fahrenheit, there is no outside temperature requirement.
If a landlord does not comply with the above heat and hot water requirements, there are many options available to tenants to enforce their rights. Tenants should speak with an attorney before proceeding. We offer complimentary-no obligation consultations and you are welcome to schedule your consultation by calling us at 212-921-1600.