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Heating Requirements


Legislator Abrahams Reminds Residents of Heating Requirements

(UNIONDALE, NY) – With colder temperatures heading our way, Nassau County Legislator Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport) would like to remind his constituents about the residential rental heating requirements set forth by the Nassau County Department of Health.

All landlords must provide heat to their tenants in accordance with the Nassau County Public Health Ordinance, which is in effect between Oct. 1 and May 31 and states that minimum temperatures be maintained indoors when the outside temperature drops below 55 degrees Fahrenheit as follows: 68 degrees Fahrenheit from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and 65 degrees Fahrenheit from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

If these temperatures are not properly maintained, tenants are asked to call the Nassau County Department of Health’s Bureau of Environmental Investigation weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at (516) 227-9715. For evenings, weekends and holidays, call the Nassau County Department of Health after hours emergency telephone line at (516) 742-6154.

Residents renting an entire single family home are not covered by this ordinance. Residents of co-ops or condominium units with a centralized heating unit should first call their building manager or governing board of managers for assistance before contacting the Nassau County Department of Health. Co-op and condominium residents with individual heating units are responsible for their own heat.

Residents of Freeport and Hempstead may call their local Building Departments for assistance, as these villages enforce their own heating ordinances.