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heat (by gail [IL]) Dec 27, 2013 8:24 AM
       heat (by S i d [MO]) Dec 27, 2013 8:47 AM
       heat (by Barb [LA]) Dec 27, 2013 9:04 AM
       heat (by Gruvin [TX]) Dec 27, 2013 11:03 AM
       heat (by kt [IL]) Dec 27, 2013 3:09 PM
       heat (by Robert,Ontario,Can [ON]) Dec 27, 2013 3:40 PM
       heat (by Sparky [PA]) Dec 27, 2013 4:09 PM
       heat (by Rick [GA]) Dec 27, 2013 4:44 PM
       heat (by smokowna [MD]) Dec 27, 2013 6:50 PM
       heat (by Rick [GA]) Dec 27, 2013 7:22 PM
       heat (by Robert,Ontario,Can [ON]) Dec 27, 2013 9:28 PM

heat (by gail [IL]) Posted on: Dec 27, 2013 8:24 AM

State Specific Question About: ILLINOIS (IL)

What temperature must a landlord keep in Apartments? --108.251.xx.xxx

heat (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Dec 27, 2013 8:47 AM

Gail, you best bet to get an accurate answer to this question would be to look up your local municipal code enforcement agency and ask them what the minimum requirements are for habitability--if there are any. That would be the LEGAL answer to your question.

"Generally speaking" (caveat, I am not a lawyer)...I go by the Golden Rule. I expect 68 degree is the minimum temp I want in my house when we are experiencing normal weather for this time of year and my windows are all closed, and I would fix my system if it was malfunctioning and unable to keep up. If it was -30 degrees outside, that would be a mitigating factor. Not sure ANY system in the MidWest where I am could keep up with that. That's the MORAL answer (what would I do if roles were reverse and I were the tenant....)

Then there's the "how badly do I want to keep my customers" answer. A 95 lbs little old lady will probably need more than 68 degrees to stay warm. What would you do to keep her business: 70, 72, etc.? If it's some fat slob who wants to sit on the couch all day in his Burmuda shorts with the temp cranked to 80 degrees and he has a window open for "fresh air"...I'd tell him to take a hike...literally. It generates body heat and he'll stay warmed. (grins)

So depending on how you define the word "must" (legal, moral, business)...there's your answer. --108.250.xxx.xxx

heat (by Barb [LA]) Posted on: Dec 27, 2013 9:04 AM

Ask the president. But, I don't know if his degree is municipal code or DC code. --72.204.xxx.xxx

heat (by Gruvin [TX]) Posted on: Dec 27, 2013 11:03 AM

On average in IL, 65+ in the day time and 60+ at night time for min heat - check with your local municipality for specifics. --23.123.xxx.xxx

heat (by kt [IL]) Posted on: Dec 27, 2013 3:09 PM

Its a local thing but here locally we have to be able to provide a 70 degree temp on a 0 degree day DOESNT SAY IT HAS TO BE 70 --74.36.xxx.xx

heat (by Robert,Ontario,Can [ON]) Posted on: Dec 27, 2013 3:40 PM

Every city or town has a bylaw the minimum temperature one must maintain in a apartment which the tenant has no control of the heat. In the town of Hanover, Ontario for example the local bylaw requires a apartment to have a minimum constant temperature during the day or night to be 21 degrees Celsius or 70 F under the old imperial system regardless how cold it is outside. Go down to the town hall then get copy of the local bylaws. Sometimes it is not a matter of turning up the heat but sealing all the windows and doors with weather stripping. If there are copper finned baseboard radiators then cleaning all fins down to the copper pipe. Installing reflective tape on top of fins so more heat goes into the room instead of the wall. Insulating all the heating and hot water pipes in the boiler room will put more heat in the building where heat is needed. Also upgrading the insulation will make a rental unit warmer with the same amount of heat. A lot of older apartment buildings are poorly insulated which makes them difficult to heat. If there is air in the radiators then the radiator will not put out as much heat. If the radiator has no water only air then there will be no heat at all. Open the air vent to be sure there is water coming out. --74.220.xxx.xxx

heat (by Sparky [PA]) Posted on: Dec 27, 2013 4:09 PM

What temperature is your landlord currently keeping it at? --74.98.xxx.xxx

heat (by Rick [GA]) Posted on: Dec 27, 2013 4:44 PM

This is from the 2006 IRC (This is the build code for most of the USA)

R303.8 Required heating. ... every dwelling

unit shall be provided with heating facilities capable of maintaining a minimum room temperature of 68F (20C) at a point 3 feet (914 mm) above the floor and 2 feet (610 mm) from exterior walls in all habitable rooms at the design temperature. The installation of one or more portable space heaters shall not be used to achieve compliance with this section.

Some (few) cities have other requirements. --24.214.xxx.xx

heat (by smokowna [MD]) Posted on: Dec 27, 2013 6:50 PM

I think the use of space heaters is less costly to the tenant than paying for oil heat. my government must be in the big oil business. --50.146.xxx.xx

heat (by Rick [GA]) Posted on: Dec 27, 2013 7:22 PM

The code does not prohibit the use of space heaters. Only that the minimum required temperature (68 deg) be able to be maintained by the heating system. --24.214.xxx.xx

heat (by Robert,Ontario,Can [ON]) Posted on: Dec 27, 2013 9:28 PM

Here it is illegal to use space heaters as the primary source of heat. The heating system and structure should maintain the indoor temperature regardless how cold it is outside. Next week the temperature is going to drop well below freezing where tomorrow for a short time it will be above freezing. In the newer buildings the tenants control and pay for the heat where there are lot less problems. Some of them walk around in tee shirts and shorts then complain about heat. Here most people wear long underwear and use comforters for the beds at night. In the older building both boilers are running constantly but at a lower firing rate to maintain the inside temperature in the building. As economic conditions improve going to look at replacing the windows with a apartment type of commercial window which has a smaller screen area. The south side of the building has solar gain where the north side is cooler. --74.220.xxx.xxx

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