Mayor Ras J. Baraka Reminds Newark Residents About Landlord City Ordinance

Mayor Ras J. Baraka has re-announced the City of Newark Ordinance starting October 1st that landlord's must to keep rental dwellings at 68 degrees beginning from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and 65 degrees from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. This heating Ordinance for the City of Newark will be enforceable for heat starting October 1, 2015, and continuing through May 1, 2016 for City inspectors to respond to complaints.

Newark, NJ -- ​Mayor Ras J. Baraka, the Newark Municipal Council, and the Director of Neighborhood and Recreational Services, Patrick Council remind Newark residents that the heating season began on October 1, 2015.  As a result of the heating season failure to supply heat to Newark residence could result in legal action in the Newark Municipal Court.  The fines that will be imposed can exceed $1,000 per day if heat is not fully restored.  

Tenants that reside in apartments without heat and hot running water or have had their utilities shut off can call the City of Newark's Non-Emergency Call Center at (973) 733-4311, Mondays to Fridays, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.  If your service is shut off on the weekend or on a holiday please contact the "No Heat Hotline" at (973) 733-6471, between the hours of 10 a.m to 7 p.m.  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."  "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."

According to Director Council, most of the landlords in the City of Newark provide residents with heat during the winter, but some landlords are unable or unwilling to do so.  The landlords that do not provide heat will be held accountable.  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."

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