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JANUARY 03, 2013: LANDLORDS MUST KEEP APARTMENTS AT 68 DEGREES FROM 6 A.M. TO 11 P.M. AND 65 DEGREES FROM 11 P.M. TO 6 A.M.



For Immediate Release

 

MAYOR BOOKER REMINDS RESIDENTS ABOUT CITY ORDINANCE:

LANDLORDS MUST KEEP APARTMENTS AT 68 DEGREES FROM 6 A.M. TO 11 P.M. AND 65 DEGREES FROM 11 P.M. TO 6 A.M.

Landlords must provide tenants with heat between October 1, 2012, through May 1, 2013;

City inspectors will respond to tenants’ complaints of no heat or hot water

 

 

Newark, NJ – January 4, 2013 – Mayor Cory A. Booker and Director of Neighborhood and Recreational Services Tharien Karim Arnold reminded Newark residents today that that the heating season began on October 1, and landlords in Newark are required by municipal ordinance 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, 2012, through May 1, 2013.

“Maintaining public safety in Newark also means providing residents with sufficient heat in winter,” said Mayor Booker. “Landlords have a moral and legal obligation to provide heat to their tenants and I urge them to follow city laws.”

Failure to supply heat at the minimum of 68 degrees can result in legal action in Newark Municipal Court. Fines on landlords can exceed $1,000 per day for each day until the heat is fully restored.

Tenants residing in apartments without heat, without running hot 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 7 p.m. On weekends and holidays, please contact the “No Heat Hotline” at (973) 733-6471, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“Most of our landlords follow the law and provide residents with heat during the winter months,” Director Arnold said. “However, some landlords are unable or unwilling to do so. We will hold those landlords accountable who fail to heat apartments, and protect our residents.”

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.

Anyone with questions about the City’s no-heat ordinances or any other Newark municipal policy or program can contact the Newark Non-Emergency Call Center at (973) 733-4311.
 

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About the City of Newark, New Jersey

Newark, commonly referred to as Brick City, is the third oldest city in the United States and the largest in New Jersey, with a population of more than 280,000 people. Newark sits on one of the nation’s largest transportation super-structures including an international airport, major commuter and freight rail lines, major highway intersections and the busiest seaport on the east coast.

 

For the past six years under the Booker Administration, Newark continues to see signs of a strong revival.  In population, it is one of the fastest growing cities in the northeast. Its six major colleges and universities are further expanding their presence. The production of affordable housing has doubled, and businesses are returning. There is still much work to be done but Newark is on its way to achieving its mission:  to set a national standard for urban transformation.

 

For more information on the City of Newark, please visit our website at www.ci.newark.nj.us


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