De Blasio Wants To Raise Minimum Heat Requirement

NEW YORK -

The de Blasio administration wants to raise the minimum degree landlords are required to provide in heat at night from the current 55 degrees.

According to Politico, a city housing official testified during a City Council hearing on Thursday in support of a bill that would raise the minimum temperature for residential apartments.

The bill, said Vito Mustaciuolo, deputy commissioner for enforcement and neighborhood services at the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, “would eliminate the outside temperature as a determinant for the provision of a minimum indoor temperature.”

Mustaciuolo said that pegging the minimum heat to the weather makes it difficult to enforce the law. Landlords would instead be required to crank up the steam to 55 regardless of outside temperature.