Yonkers Issues Heat Complaint Hotline For Chilly Tenants

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Yonkers issued its annual heat complaint hotline for tenants. Photo Credit: Flickr user BryanAlexander

YONKERS, N.Y. – The city of Yonkers wants to make sure residents aren’t left on ice this winter.

On Tuesday, the city’s Department of Housing and Buildings issued its annual heat complaint hotline and heating regulations for all tenant-occupied residential buildings during the winter season.

“With the artic weather finally here this season, now more than ever, we need to be mindful that our home environments are safe and warm,” Mayor Mike Spano said in a statement. “I encourage residents to contact the city heat hotline if they feel their home does not meet the building requirements so action can be taken immediately.”

According to state code, from Sept. 15 to May 31, every tenant occupied building is required to maintain a temperature of no less than 68 degrees Fahrenheit in all habitable rooms, bathrooms and toilet rooms.

At all other times, whenever the outside temperature falls below 55 degrees, the inside temperature must be at least 68 between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m.  During the late night hours, temperatures must not fall below 65.

In addition, hot water is required to be available at a minimum temperature of 120 degrees at all times.

Tenants with complaints can call the city’s heat emergency telephone number at 914-965-3331, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.  The Yonkers Housing and Buildings Department also is fielding calls at 914-965-3331, Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Those needing assistance after office hours can contact the Mayor’s Helpline at 914-377-HELP (4357).

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