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    1. The law allows tenants to write a letter to the landlord about the lack of heat and then go out and purchase a space heater. You ca deduct the cost of the heater from the rent. If the landlord pays for the heat, you could also deduct any increase in electricity bill.

  1. My landlord is not following the heating ordinance in my building. It’s freezing in my apartment. I have a newborn baby here. Please help.

    1. The first step is always to document the situation. Can you get a thermometer and take a photos of the reading. The law states the unit needs to be 68 in the day and 66 at night. If the it is not then the law allows tenants after giving the landlord a 24 hour notice to fixe the problem, you can purchase a space heater and deduct the cost from the rent. You could also deduct and increase in electricity from the rent.

    1. Your landlord can not evict you without going through the courts and winning an eviction lawsuit against you. Please gather whatever notices you have received and call our hotline at 773-292-4980 or use the “Contact Us” form to send us an email.

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