New Jersey Landlords’ Responsibility to Provide Heat

If you are a New Jersey renter and your lease requires your landlord to provide heat, your landlord must abide by heating standards set by state codes and local town or city ordinances.

The New Jersey state housing code requires that from October 1st through May 1st, landlords must provide heat so that a tenant’s rental unit temperature is at least 68 degrees between the hours of 6 am through 11 pm, and at least 65 degrees between the hours of 11 pm through 6 am. Local health codes cover times of the year not covered by housing codes.

The housing or board of health in your town enforces both the state and local heating requirement codes. The inspector can file a complaint in court on your behalf, or you can file your own complaint.

A court hearing will be scheduled where your landlord must give an explanation for not providing heat. The court can impose penalties which could include fines or jail sentences.

Low-income tenant’s whose landlord’s refuse to provide heat may qualify for landlord-tenant legal assistance through New Jersey Legal Services.

No-Heat Hotlines

Larger cities have special no-heat hotlines that specifically handle complaints from New Jersey renters whose landlords refuse to provide heat.

East Orange

Tenants living in apartments without heat/ hot running water, or who have had their utilities shut off, can call the Department of Property Maintenance at 973-266-5320.

Jersey City

Jersey City has a 24-hour heat and hot water hotline. They can be reached at  (201) 547-4821.

Newark

Tenants living in apartments without heat/hot running water, or who 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 am to 7 pm. On weekends and holidays, tenants can call the “No Heat Hotline” at (973) 733-6471, from 10 am to 7 p.m.

Orange Township

To report heating related issues from Friday evening at 5:00 pm through Monday morning at 8:00 am, tenants can call:

Khalfani Alleyne – 973-296-8419
Lonnie Saunders – 973-706-4203
Paul Inman – 973-592-5425
Elroy Corbitt – 973-706-4053

After-hours, tenants should call the Code Enforcement office directly at (973) 266-4098.

Paterson

Tenants should contact the city’s ‘No Heat” Hotline at (973) 321-1277 to report a ‘no heat’ incident.

Trenton

The Division of Housing Inspections is responsible for enforcing the housing codes in the city of Trenton. These codes cover the minimum standards required for occupancy of all residential structures in the city. The Division is also responsible for the enforcement of all regulations covering privately owned vacant land and vacant properties. All complaints regarding any violations, may be given to the Division by calling (609) 989-3563. Those experiencing a lack of heat may call (973) 989-3560

The information on this website is intended as general legal information only and should not form the basis of legal advice of any kind. Individuals seeking specific legal advice should consult a lawyer.

 

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