Bronx landlords ask city for help with high heating oil costs

Landlords and representatives from the rent stabilization association gathered on the steps of City Hall Thursday to call on the state to reduce or suspend home heating oil taxes.

Landlords from the Bronx and citywide say high heating costs will make it difficult to adequately heat rent stabilized buildings throughout the borough. They want the city and state to suspend taxes on home heating oil from December to March.

Officials with the Department of Housing Preservation and Development say landlords have a legal responsibility to provide heat and hot water to their tenants. Housing officials says if landlords can't afford the cost, the city will step in to restore heat, which will result in steep fines for landlords.

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