Q: How to know if my long island apartment is legal?
Been living in an apartment for almost 5 years, with two rent increases. One increase of 5% and another of 20%. We don't have access to the heat or air conditioning, and have to ask for either to be put on when needed. It's also the ground level of a house.
Dear Brooklyn Tenant:
Usually, a legal apartment would allow a tenant to alter the settings via a thermostat for heat and cooling.
Although there is no local law (NYC) and no State law (New York State) that gives tenants any right to air conditioning (cooling), both local and State laws[https://nyscheck.org/RXP/NYS/rx_english_TenantRightsHeat_NYS_WEB.pdf] mandate heating and that heating is an essential service the landlord must provide https://www.nyc.gov/site/nycha/residents/heating.page#:~:text
A tenant is never required to ask for heat. Something is wrong with your home.
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