Q: Spring is here, but the weather is still too fickle to shut the heat for the season. Until when do I need to provide heat for my tenants?
JA: That’s a great question! Winter frosts can last deep into spring, and the HPD has taken measures to ensure that no NYC tenant will be left out in the cold. Official “heat season” runs from October 1st to May 31st each year.
During heat season, landlords must follow these guidelines:
· From 6 a.m.-10 p.m., when it’s below 55 ℉ outside, heat must be maintained at 68℉
· From 10 p.m.-6 a.m., heat must be maintained at 62℉ (no outside heat required)
Some days this month, you may need to turn on the Central AC in your buildings, but don’t shut the heat for the season just yet! Be sure to follow the HPD guidelines for heat season through the end of May.
You can also check out this Jaffa Minute page for more information about this requirement.