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

 Jersey City

 In the event of a heating emergency, call the 24 hour heat/hot water hotline at (201) 547-4821.


Tenants residing in apartments without heat and 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, contact the “No-Heat Hotline” at (973) 733-6471, from 10 am to 7 p.m.


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

David McCord – (973) 592-8147
Khalfani Alleyne – 973-296-8419

If issues with heat arise at any other time, call the Code Enforcement office directly: (973) 266-4098.


If you need to report no heat in the city of Paterson, you can contact the city’s ‘No-Heat” Hotline at (973) 321-1277.


The Division of Housing Inspections enforces the housing codes in the city of Trenton. All complaints regarding any violations, including a lack of heat, may be given to the Division by calling (609) 989-3563.

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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New Jersey lawyer turned writer and social justice advocate.