Mayor warns landlords about putting heat on only when inspectors are present
Bronx residents are complaining that landlords only put heat on when inspectors are around.
Residents called News 12 The Bronx's Heat Hotline about the problem. When the mayor learned about the issue, he warned landlords.
Meanwhile, last week complaints by Bronx residents about having no heat were passed along to Mayor Bloomberg. He then alerted the Department of Housing, Preservation and Development and more than a dozen inspectors were sent out to check apartments. The inspectors issued a number of citations.
Mayor Bloomberg praised News 12 The Bronx for bringing the needs of Bronx residents to his attention.
And remember, when it comes to having heat in your apartment, the law requires landlords to keep apartments heated during cold days and nights. During the day, if the mercury dips below 55 degrees outside, it must be at least 68 degrees inside homes. At night, between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., apartments must be at least 55 degrees if the outside temperature is 40 degrees or lower.
Tenants who have problems with their heat are urged to call their landlord. Any landlord that does not obey the heat rules can be reported to the city by calling 311. If tenants do not get their heat back after calling their landlord and city officials, they can call the News 12 The Bronx Heat Hotline at (718) 861-6831.