Residential Heat and Hot Water Requirements

Residential building owners in New York City are legally required to provide heat and hot water to their tenants. 

Hot water must be provided 365 days per year at a constant minimum temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

The period between October 1 and May 31 is Heat Season. During this time, the City requires building owners to provide tenants with heat according to the following rules:

  • Between 6 AM and 10 PM, if the outside temperature falls below 55 degrees, the inside temperature must be at least 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Between 10 PM and 6 AM, the inside temperature must be at least 62 degrees Fahrenheit at all times. There is no outside temperature requirement.

Complaints about excessive heat in a residential building can be made between June 1 and September 30.