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Is there a minimum amount of heat that a landlord must provide.

My landlord has the thermostat set so that you will not get heat above 65 degrees. Can he do that?
  • November 26 2010 - US
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Everything I find for PA suggests 65 F is the minimum, but yes, he can do that.

Are you paying for utilities or is it included in the rent?  Landlords tend to be much more generous (i.e. more freedom) if you are paying the utilities.
  • November 29 2010
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Bruce:
Thanks for your reply.  Now I know what the regulation is in RI, but I am only interested in PA
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  • November 29 2010
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65 degrees or better from October 1st until April 30th. I am assuming that the heat is included with the rent. If so, the landlord can regulate it.
  • November 29 2010
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Here is the landlord tenant act for PA. It does not say anything specific about the temperature. There is a specific code for Pittsburgh that I found that says that a landlord must keep the temperature of a rental at least 65 degrees or above.

University of Pittsburgh has a tenant right guide here with other renter info. It looks like your landlord is at the minimum requirement as far as heat goes, but 65 would be too cold for me. If it falls below that temp you can talk to the AG's office here in PA. You can also double check with them about the requirements for heat. They have a free 800# hotline for renter questions/complaints. Hope it helps.
  • November 27 2010
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Thanks.
The State is PA
  • November 27 2010
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Most states have a statute about what are "reasonable" living conditions in a rental including specific one about heat/air conditioning, but it depends on what state you are in. If you can post your state or county and state, I will try to find you a helpful link to renters rights/laws in your local area.
  • November 26 2010
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