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Re: What's the law on heating temp for tenant's apartm by Garry (Iowa) on November 8, 2017 @18:14

Always remember, those 62 and 68 degree temps are always a minimum temp. A LL or T can always keep it higher. And those temps are taken at the thermostat, wherever it is located at. It's possible that the stat could be wrong, and register higher or lower than what it actually is in the room. Also, it could easily be 5 degrees cooler in a bedroom, by a window, than at the stat. To get a true reading of a temp, you would need to buy 3-4 thermometers or thermostats from different companies, put them all in the same room where the current stat is the for 24 hours, and get an AVERAGE reading from them the next day. Then scatter them around the apartment, by windows, and read them the following day. I'll bet you get a 5 degree difference from the ones by the windows, as opposed to the original stat.
So who or what is right or wrong , or which temp is correct? It's your TENANT that is right or correct, because THEY are the ones who are "freezing cold, no matter what all the stats say. So, the question is, do you want a T that is constantly complaining, or do you want to spend a little more money than you planned on, and turn up the heat to 78 degrees, to stop the complaining. It's a battle you can never win, because you are dealing in facts ( numbers), and your T is dealing with their "feelings" of being cold. Give the T more heat for the winter, and raise their rent the next time their lease is up for renewal.
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Re: What's the law on heating temp for tenant's apartm by Anonymous on November 9, 2017 @05:55 [ Reply ]
Clearly you have no idea or knowledge about how measurements are taken and confirmed. Most Health Codes require that such temperatures be taken by the following means;

"Temperature is measured 3 feet from the floor and 2-3 feet from each exterior wall. Temperature should be taken by a calibrated digital device that can register and record ambient air temperature".

"Ambient air temperature shall be maintained continuously over a period of time without fluctuating below the minimum required temperature for the given time period".

Other requirements may also include;

"Proper weatherstripping of window and doors, sealing of gaps and spaces that allow heat to escape may be required in order to meet minimum heating requirements".

"Heating equipment shall be in such operating condition as to provide adequate heat and hot water as required to meet minimum codes".

To be sure the landlord is in compliance, the landlord should be following what procedures the Health Department uses.

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