Your Hoboken landlord freezing you out?

1/6/2010 BUMP:

Each winter, many new Hoboken residents (renters, tenants) email Hoboken411 – to ask about what remedies they may have with a problematic landlord that doesn’t keep their building warm enough.

So rather than print some of the several dozen emails received this year – I’ll just bump this old Hoboken Legal Beagle column from 2008! Stay warm, Hoboken!

Cold in the ‘Boken

What exactly IS the landlords responsibility when it comes to heating an apartment?

hoboken-cold-landlord-rent-heat.jpg“My question is about heat. What – if anything – is a landlord required to do when it comes to heating an apartment. I just moved into a new place in Hoboken and the heat is OFF most of the time. From the time I get home from work to the time i wake up – the radiator is cold! I have no control over my heat and pay for it as part of my rent. And it’s REALLY cold at night. (and during the day too) I called to complain once. But before I push it and become the “new tenant who complains” I want to know my legal rights. SO – i’m just wondering if there are any laws in this city or state that regulate how warm the landlord is required to keep the place. Thanks! –Cold in the Boken!

Hoboken411 Legal BeagleHoboken411 Legal Beagle Says:This is a very common problem throughout the world I would say. In Hoboken, the City Housing Inspectors office (201) 420-2041 enforce substandard living conditions.

State law requires that from October to May, landlords maintain the temperature in multiple dwelling units at 68 degrees between 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and 65 degrees at other times.A great summary of your rights are here and here.

And if you don’t want to be the tenant that complains you will be the tenant that is cold. The laws in New Jersey protect you from eviction and the laws in Hoboken control your rent. So get a thermometer and check to see if your apartment is colder than set forth above, but if Al Gore is correct this is all probably a moot issue anyway.

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15 Comments on "Your Hoboken landlord freezing you out?"

PennStatejc
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PennStatejc

As an owner I can tell you I’ve dealt with someone just like this. It’s a god complex, anyone who gets a smile on their face from controlling someone’s heat from excessive or lack there of is clearly unfit to have this authority. If the landlords responsible to provide heat to their tenants, who is anybody to interfere with that. This person should buy their own building if that’s what they want to do and live in the world that they create.

I had tenants who had children, and due to this person that refused to keep to the standards they were forced to move out and I lost good tenants and faced a lawsuit.

I advise that no one follow this route.

lhoward222
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lhoward222

Per-411, re comment “Al Gore,” when will you get it? It’s global climate CHANGE — a lot of which is WARMING (frightening melting of polar caps, Greenland, and glaciers WW) as well as climate CHANGE — some of which is warmer and otherwise just change which f’s with crop growing plans, insect control, assumptions re building foundations on permafrost, and more.

I look at my own photos of the glacier on top of Kilimanjaro when I hiked my ass up there in ’97 vs. what the same glacier looks like now — f’n frightening.

You have argued that’s it’s a natural cycle. So, let’s say it is. We can still try to change green house gasses to off-set “natural cycle” (which I don’t believe it is). B/c regardless of cause, we are now living on a globe that has fresh water ice very quickly desalinating salt sea water which impacts the ecosystem up and down … killing off all sorts of land-based animals/marine life, effecting sea levels, under which much of Hoboken already resides.

HansBrix
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HansBrix

heartland.org/policybot/results/142...bunks_Kilimanjaro_Glacier_Myth.html

In response to lhoward222 who said:
Per-411, re comment “Al Gore,” when will you get it? It’s global climate CHANGE — a lot of which is WARMING (frightening melting of polar caps, Greenland, and glaciers WW) as well as climate CHANGE — some of which is warmer and otherwise just change which f’s with crop growing plans, insect control, assumptions re building foundations on permafrost, and more.

I look at my own photos of the glacier on top of Kilimanjaro when I hiked my ass up there in ’97 vs. what the same glacier looks like now — f’n frightening.

You have argued that’s it’s a natural cycle. So, let’s say it is. We can still try to change green house gasses to off-set “natural cycle” (which I don’t believe it is). B/c regardless of cause, we are now living on a globe that has fresh water ice very quickly desalinating salt sea water which impacts the ecosystem up and down … killing off all sorts of land-based animals/marine life, effecting sea levels, under which much of Hoboken already resides.

Mr.Bloomfield
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Mr.Bloomfield

Also on each radiator there is a square looking value. You can purchase the key at Ace Hardware for like $2. What you need to do is when the pipes feel hot, open the value till water starts to come out. Do this for every room. You might have air in the radiators. If you have base boards you have to bleed the system from the unit itself.

hobojoe
Member

Which brings up another point – if you have a forced hot water system, there’s a good chance it’s just air in the pipes keeping the hot water from reaching your apartment. Where I live is notorious for that, especially if there’s a couple of warm days followed by cold. Open up the little bleed valve and see if it gurgles out. It’s usually at the beginning or end of the run of pipes through your apartment.

escaped68
Member

There a old trick my father use to do. Every fall he would take the relief valve off and soak them in white vinger. He left them in for a couple of hours and then put them back,it cleaned out all of the gunk and there never was a problem.

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