City of Newark Landlords Are Reminded To Set Resident's Apartments At 68 Degrees From 6 A.M. To 11 P.M.

Mayor Baraka reminds residents that a City Ordinance is in effect for Landlords as of October 1, 2015, and continuing through May 1, 2016. Landlords must provide tenants with heat at 68 degrees from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and 65 degrees from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., or City inspectors will respond to tenants' complaints of no heat or hot water. New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Division of Codes and Standards has also set a bulletin with basic information about the responsibilities of landlords

Newark, NJ --  Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, and Director of Neighborhood and Recreational Services Patrick Council has released information to the public about citizens right to reside in a dwelling unit with adequate heat temperatures.  If temperatures fall below 29 degrees during a heating season for purposes only to have a right to safe, sanitary and decent housing, that the heating season began last year on Tuesday, October 1, 2015.  All landlords in Newark are required by State and Municipal ordinances to maintain homes at 68 degrees between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. and at 65 degrees from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., from October 1, 2015, through May 1, 2016.

Mayor Baraka stated, "Maintaining public safety in Newark also means providing residents with sufficient heat in winter, particularly in the face of the winter storms and cold the City has faced this week." said Mayor Baraka.  "Landlords have a moral and legal obligation to provide heat to their tenants and I urge them to abide by city laws, and help support our efforts to transform Newark into a City we can all believe in."

It has been emphasized that tenants residing in apartments without heat and hot water, or have had their utilities shut off can call the City of Newark's "No Heat Hotline" at (973) 733-6471, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The ordinance for "No Heat" 18:3-1.19 (C) states:  The ordinance for "No Heat" 18:3-1.19 (C) states: "When the owner is obligated to supply heat, such heat shall be supplied in every unit of dwelling space and every habitable room therein from October 1 through May 1 so that: Between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m., a minimum inside temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit shall be maintained.  Between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., a minimum inside temperature of 65 degrees Fahrenheit shall be maintained."

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