Friendly Reminder: Heat requirements start Sept 15; end June 1
We would like to remind everyone that starting September 15th the heat should be turned ON. Heat minimum requirements are from September 15 – June 1. The minimum heat requirement for residential units is: 68 degrees between 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., and 66 degrees from 10:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Chicago tenants have a right to heat.
Chicago Building Code Chapter 13-196-410 states that: Every family unit or rooming unit to which heat is furnished from a heating plant used in common for the purpose of heating the various rooms of the dwelling shall be supplied with heat from September 15th of each year to June 1st of the succeeding year so that the occupants of a family unit or rooming unit may secure, without such undue restriction of ventilation as to interfere with proper sanitary conditions, a minimum temperature of 68 degrees at 8:30 a.m. and thereafter until 10:30 p.m. and 66 degrees at 10:30 p.m. and thereafter until 8:30 a.m. averaged throughout the family unit or rooming unit.
If you have no heat:
- Call 311 and ask for a building inspection – or make an online request here. Write down the Service request number for your records.
- Notify your landlord using Squared Away Chicago. If your landlord does not respond, click “Escalate” and send 24-hour notice.
- After sending notice, print it & send by certified mail, keeping a copy for yourself.
- Visit our Heat & Essential Services FAQ page for more information.
- Call MTO’s Tenants Rights Hotline - 773-292-4988 – to speak to a counselor for help.
Stay warm, Chicago. Exercise your rights – housing is a human right!
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