What is heat season?
The NYC Heat Law mandates that building owners provide heat and hot water to tenants during heat season. Heat Season officially starts on October 1st every year, but that doesn’t automatically mean the heat starts blasting that same day.
Landlords are only required to heat the whole building if:
Outside temperature drops below 55 degrees during the day (6:00 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
Landlords are also required to heat your individual apartment to:
At least 68 degrees if the outside temperature drops below 55 degrees during the day (6:00 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
At least 62 degrees, regardless of outside temperature, at night
Those rules remain in effect until May 31st, which may seem late in the year to keep the heat on, but temperatures can still be dangerously cold going into June. Average temperatures can still be well below the required 55 degrees on evenings in May. According to the NYC Heat Law, your landlord is required to keep the heat on. So if your landlord or management company decides to turn off the heat just because of a few warm days, make sure to contact them to make a complaint.