Is it legal for a landlord to regulate the level of heat provided?
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It's a little complicated. Minnesota law requires a landlord to comply with state law and local ordinances relating to health and safety, which would include any city ordinances requiring a minimum level of heat. Most towns in Minnesota do not have local housing code ordinances, but in Minneapolis, the local ordinance generally requires heat of at least 68 degrees measured a certain distance (36 inches) from interior walls. This requirement, however, does not become effective until October of each year (it is required to be at 65 degrees between May and October) and may also depend on how cold it is outside. The best thing to do is to call the City of Minneapolis Housing Inspections division to ask whether the heating ordinance is currently in effect and what temperature is required.