Bloomberg says he'll have housing department look into BX heat complaints

After learning that some BX tenants are living without heat, the mayor vowed to look into the matter.

News 12 The Bronx has received hundreds of calls to its heat hotline number. Mayor Bloomberg was told about the problem Tuesday and said he would have the Department of Housing, Preservation and Development investigate each complaint.

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.

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