Your Hoboken landlord freezing you out?
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?
“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 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.