Freezing? Landlord Lax? Heating Help Here

“It seriously pisses me off when I wake up at 3 a.m., freezing my balls off. I’ve called him numerous times, but I keep getting this feeling that he thinks I’m lying for some reason.”

This testimonial comes from a discussion at As the quote illustrates, the coming winter can be one of dread for those unfortunate Park Slopers at the mercy of unsympathetic landlords.

Daily Slope is here to help.

According to the New York City Housing Maintenance Code, between Oct. 1 and May 31, a landlord must provide an adequate amount of heat (at least 68 degrees) from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. when the temperature outside falls below 55. If a landlord fails to comply with the code, he or she is in violation of what is called the “warranty of habitability.”

“Every residential lease agreement in New York carries with it an implied warranty that the premises are suitable for human habitation,” one law coordinator for Legal Services for New York City told The New York Times. The first step in dealing with a landlord in breach of the warranty is to call the heat hot line: 212-960-4800. A tenant has several other options, too. One would be to withhold the rent. Don’t worry, if your landlord takes you to court, he won’t have a leg to stand on because he’s not in compliance with the code.

Another option would be to apply for a “rent reduction order” from the Division of Housing and Community Renewal. Yet another option entails taking your disreputable landlord’s ass to housing court.

We like the last option best.

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