2005_10_rad.jpgNow that the monsoon rains have dissipated, our shoes dried and the skies cleared, the autumn chill seems to be more apparent. Just last night, Gothamist was awakened by a strange but familiar noise – the gentle clang of the year’s first radiator heat.

This made us wonder: When does the heat have to be turned on? New York City Heating Season runs from October 1 through May 31, to tenants in multiple dwellings. Pursuant to NYC Multiple Dwelling Law § 79, if the outdoor temperature falls below 55 degrees Fahrenheit between 6 A.M. and 10 P.M., each apartment must be heated to a temperature of at least 68 degrees. Between 10 P.M. and 6 A.M, if the outdoor temperature falls below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, each apartment must be heated to a temperature of at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit. While the National Weather Service doesn’t predict that we’ll see these temperature minimums in the next week, generous landlords, can decide to provide heat to their tenants. Given the high energy prices these days, it’s safe to assume that many of New York’s deed holders won’t be rushing in to heat their buildings.

The answers to this and many tenant-related questions (such as “I see drugs being sold in my building. What can I do?”) can be found on the NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development’s website.