FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, October 2, 2017
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HPD ANNOUNCES START OF THE 2017 “HEAT SEASON” IN NYC

As New York’s “heat season” begins, the City reminds tenants, owners and landlords of the new temperature requirements for all apartments

 

NEW YORK, NY – Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer announces the start of New York City’s “heat season,” which legally requires all residential building owners to maintain indoor temperatures at 68 degrees when it falls below 55 degrees outside during the day, and a minimum of 62 degrees indoors overnight, regardless of outdoor temperatures.

The 2017-2018 “heat season” began on Sunday, October 1st and continues through Thursday, May 31st, 2018.

“Landlords are required by law to provide heat for residents during the coldest months of the year. Heat requirements have been updated. We are preparing for the changes to this year's heat season by working to notify owners and residents that, beginning this month, the minimum required overnight heat temperature is 62 degrees regardless of the outdoor temperature,” said Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer. “I want to thank City Council for the landmark legislation that brought this important change for city residents.”

This year will see an increase in the minimum indoor temperatures building owners and landlords are required to maintain for residential units, as a result of a bill that was sponsored by Council Member Jumaane Williams and voted by the full Council and signed into law in May 2017.

“The right to adequate heat is not only one of quality of life, but of health and safety, especially for our seniors and young people. While any responsible landlord should already have been ensuring that this basic need for their tenants was fulfilled, the legislation we passed earlier this year alongside Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer helps to guarantee it. Raising minimum overnight temperatures to 62 degrees, as well as increasing temperatures during the day to safer, more comfortable levels was a necessary protection. I am hopeful that thanks to these efforts, New Yorkers will no longer have to struggle to keep warm inside their homes this heat season,“ said New York City Council Member Jumaane Williams (45th District).

This bill increased the minimum indoor temperature requirements (from 55 to 62 degrees) at night (10 pm to 6 am) and removed the outside temperature triggers. The previous mandates required that an apartment be 1) 68 degrees during the day (6 am - 10 pm) when outside is below 55 degrees and 2) at least 55 degrees whenever the outside temperature falls below forty degrees at night (10 pm - 6 am).

The law requires that from October 1 to May 31:

  • Between 6:00 A.M. and 10:00 P.M., inside temperatures are maintained at a minimum of 68 degrees Fahrenheit when the outdoor temperature falls below 55 degrees.
  • Between 10:00 P.M. and 6:00 A.M., indoor temperatures must be maintained at a minimum of 62 degrees, regardless of the outdoor temperature.

It is legally required for building owners to provide hot water at 120 degrees year-round.

If an apartment lacks appropriate heat, a tenant should first attempt to notify the building owner, managing agent or superintendent. If heat is not restored, the tenant should register an official complaint via 311. Tenants can call 311, visit 311 online at www.nyc.gov/311, or use the app 311Mobile (on Android and iOS devices) to file a complaint. Hearing-impaired tenants can register complaints via a Touchtone Device for the Deaf TDD at (212) 504-4115.

During the 2016/2017 “Heat Season” (October 1, 2016 – May 31, 2017):

  • 200,182 total heat and hot water problems were reported to the City through 311 (this number includes duplicate calls), a decrease of .03 percent as compared to the previous “Heat Season.”
    • 109,425 unique heat and hot water problems were reported (this number does not include duplicate calls).
  • HPD inspectors attempted 121,137 heat and/or hot water inspections (this number includes multiple inspection attempts in response to a complaint).
  • HPD inspectors wrote 3,449 heat and 5,659 hot water violations, which are decreases of 1 percent and 8 percent, as compared to the previous “Heat Season.”
  • HPD completed a total of $1.8 million in heat-related emergency repairs, such as fuel delivery, boiler repairs or hot water repairs.  All ERP costs are billed to the property.
  • HPD filed 3,544 heat cases in court and collected $ $1,793,965.50 in civil penalties.  An additional $150,000 was collected in heat settlement penalties for FY17
  • HPD collected $222,000 in heat inspection fees during FY17.

Top Community Board In Each Borough for Primary Heat/Hot Water Complaints 

Manhattan

  • CB 12: 11,346 complaints logged (peak month – (December 2016  2,487)

Bronx

  • CB 7:  10,934 complaints logged (peak month – (December 2016  2,329)

Brooklyn

  • CB 17: 7,880 complaints logged (peak month – (December 2016  1,693)

Queens

  • CB 4:  4,112 complaints logged (peak month – (December 2016  914)

Staten Island

  • CB 1:  1,459 complaints logged (peak month – (December 2016  309)

Information on “Heat Season” is also available on the HPD website at www.nyc.gov/hpd.

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The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is the nation’s largest municipal housing preservation and development agency. Its mission is to promote quality housing and diverse, thriving neighborhoods for New Yorkers through loan and development programs for new affordable housing, preservation of the affordability of the existing housing stock, enforcement of housing quality standards, and educational programs for tenants and building owners. HPD is tasked with fulfilling Mayor de Blasio’s Housing New York: A Five-Borough Ten-Year Plan to create and preserve 200,000 affordable units for New Yorkers at the very lowest incomes to those in the middle class. For more information visit www.nyc.gov/hpd and for regular updates on HPD news and services, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @NYCHousing.