your apartment leaves you feeling out in the cold, the DC 37 Housing Committee
advises you to call (212) 960-4800. Thats the 24-hour Central Complaint
Bureau of the city Dept. of Housing Preservation and Development.
Oct. 1 through May 31, the law says when the temperature outside is below 55,
the inside temperature must be 68 degrees. If nighttime temperatures fall below
40 degrees, inside temperatures must be at least 55 from 10 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
Hot water should be available 24 hours at a minimum temperature of 120 degrees.
Tenants should not wait for an inspector to verify the complaint. Landlords
must correct heat and hot water violations within 24 hours of being reported to
Tenants in rent-stabilized or rent-controlled
apartments can follow up with the New York State Division of Housing and Community
Renewal at (718) 739-6400.