I live in Dayton, OH, in a 4-unit apartment building that was built in the early 1900s. Each unit uses baseboard heating but it's never warm during the winter. According to my electric bills, the average indoor temperature during the winter is 40 degrees and this is with the heat on high and using zone heating. My electric bills during the winter average at about $300 for a frigid apartment. I complained to my landlord but they aren't doing anything about it. Is there any legal thing happening here?
Ohio law requires landlord to provide "reasonable heat," but does not define what is reasonable. You can talk to the local health dept. or building dept. You can also give landlord written notice, then start paying your rent on time each month into escrow with your local court, which will have landlord come in and explain what is being done. If not enough, the court can terminate your lease so you can move. Check the court web site for the rent escrow process.
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