We received notification today that the heat was shut off. The temps all this week will be in the 50s during the night and some days the high 60s. I was told they were required by law to shut off the heat May 1st. Is this true? I will have to run my space heaters which will run up my electric bill. Heat is included with my rent, and I am 69 years old on a fixed income. This is a large apt. complex in West Deptford.
The state law provides that your house be heated to 68 degrees Fahrenheit from October 1-May 1. It doesn't say heat is to be shut off. West Deptford may have its own code that provides for a specific temperature to be maintained in other parts of the year, which you could use to your advantage to tell the landlord to put the heat on. Talk to a local building inspector or look into your ordinances for that information.
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A landlord has the obligation to provide a habitable space. You should call your local health department and make a complaint. If the apartment is too cold, and you need to rent heaters, you can request that the landlord reimburse you the cost.
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