Zack

In CT, is a landlord required to provide functioning, tenant-adjustable HEAT in an apartment year-round?

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I am pasting the statute on utilities and a summary of the statute published by the state judiciary.

There may be other laws affecting it, like if someone's medical condition requires more (?) I absolutely don't know. But I think it is safe to say this is mostly it.

If the landlord is supplying heat, they have to provide it, and they have to maintain temperatures at 65 or above.

There are some slumlords in town so be careful.

And don't count out police, sometimes they can help get the ball rolling with building inspectors and livable city inspectors. The good cops don't like seeing tenants freezing in the winter. It ticks them off.

Summary: http://www.jud.ct.gov/Publications/hm031.pdf
Landlords are required to keep all heating, plumbing, electrical systems and appliances working. Unless the rental agreement states that the tenant is responsible, the landlord must supply running water and reasonable amounts of heat and hot water.

If it is the landlord’s responsibility to provide and pay for heat, the law requires the temperature of the apartment to be at least 65 degrees at all times of the year.

If problems arise with utilities supplied by the landlord, the tenant should: first contact the landlord and then tell the land-lord the problem in writing and follow up with
a call.

if the utility is not restored, contact the local Health Department or Housing Code Office.
They have the power to contact the landlord
and inspect the apartment.
--contact the local police department.
-- restore the utility and deduct the cost from the rent.
--after two (2) business days without a utility, get
another place to live until the utility is restored.
Where the tenant must supply the utility, he or she should:
-- make all payments on time; and
--contact the utility company to work out
a payment plan.

Statute: http://www.cga.ct.gov/current/pub/Chap830.htm#Sec47a-13.htm
Sec. 47a-13. Failure of landlord to supply essential services. Tenant's remedies. (a) If the landlord is required to supply heat, running water, hot water, electricity, gas or other essential service, and if the landlord fails to supply such essential service and the failure is not caused by conditions beyond the landlord's control, the tenant may give notice to the landlord specifying the breach and may elect to (1) procure reasonable amounts of heat, hot water, running water, electric, gas or other essential service during the period of the landlord's noncompliance and deduct the actual and reasonable cost of such service from the rent; or (2) procure reasonable substitute housing during the period of the landlord's noncompliance if the landlord fails to supply such service within two business days of such breach, except if the breach is the failure to provide the same service and such breach recurs within six months, the tenant may secure substitute housing immediately; or (3) if the failure to supply such service is wilful, the tenant may terminate the rental agreement and recover an amount not more than two months' periodic rent or double the actual damages sustained by him, whichever is greater. If the rental agreement is terminated, the landlord shall return all security and prepaid rent and interest required pursuant to section 47a-22, recoverable under section 47a-21.

(b) If the tenant elects to procure substitute housing as provided in subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of this section, rent otherwise owed to the landlord shall abate for the period of the landlord's noncompliance. In addition, the tenant may recover the actual costs of such substitute housing, but in no event shall the tenant recover more than an amount equal to the amount of rent abated under this subsection. In any cause of action or defense to any action arising under subsection (a) of this section, the tenant may recover reasonable attorney's fees.

(c) Rights of the tenant under this section do not arise (1) until the tenant has given reasonable written or oral notice to the landlord or (2) if the condition was caused by the wilful or negligent act or omission of the tenant, a member of his family or other person on the premises with his consent.

(d) For the purposes of this section, "tenant" includes each resident of a mobile manufactured home park, as defined in section 21-64, including a resident who owns his own home, and "landlord" includes a "licensee" and an "owner" of a mobile manufactured home park, as defined in section 21-64.

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If they are providing the heat they don't have to give you access to the thermostat as far as I know. That would leave you with whatever adjustment is available on the actual radiators -- like the knobs on the old steam radiators, or making sure the vents are all the way open in your apartment on air blower heaters.

odis

In CT it is the responsibility of the landlord to provide the tenet with the facilities required to heat an apartment up to 70 (maybe a little more or less) degrees. i believe tenant-adjustable is optional.

odis

if the above does not answer your question, maybe a little more detail will help. what precisely do you mean by "year-round"? Is the landlord refusing to turn on the furnace during specific months?

PowerInNumbers

Landlords are absolutely required to set heat above 65 degrees, no matter the time of year. There's information here about the statute: http://www.wtnh.com/dpp/news/connecticut/conn-laws-about-landlords-and-heating

If you accidentally rent from a slumlord, you may be heating the house with a stove until Livable Cities or someone higher intervenes. And, that could take awhile in New Haven. Hopefully, you're still just looking for a place, and can research the known slumlords, and avoid them. I didn't know about Mandy Management - we still have no heat and hotwater's been out since last night in at least one of their properties ; be warned...- but, I was warned to avoid Apple - if they're even still around with the lawsuits against them now.

I can't find any information about legal requirements of landlords to provide access to temp controls. But, they absolutely must provide heat all year 'round if temps dip below 65 degrees.

guest

Question are you asking....adjustable because you live in a building with radiators? If so there should be an adjustment knob on the each radiator.

PowerInNumbers

@Jane doe

We have radiators, but the landlords are the only ones with access to the controls. There aren't any controls or thermometers on ours.

guest

are you in a 3rd floor apt. And is your heat included in the rent?

Carissa

I used to work at an answering service for maintenance issues at low income properties in new haven. To answer your question, NO, if heat and hot water is included in your rent, the landlord does not have to put a thermostat in each unit for the tenants to control the heat. During Oct 14- April 30 the heat DOES have to be on in your unit though. The reason is because when heat is included in rent, by law, your unit should be around 68 degrees. If the landlord put thermostats in every unit, the tenets would have the heat jacked up to 90 degrees with the windows open. So by having the landlord control the heat, he is blue to control how much the heating bill will cost. If your unit isn't warm enough, the landlord my jut tell you to buy a space heater.

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