Higher Penalties for Heat and Hot Water Violations Go into Effect

In early 2011, city council members toughened penalties on owners who violate the city's heat laws, by breaking the economic incentives for building owners who withhold heat and hot water from tenants. At the time of its passage, city records showed that more than 114,000 New Yorkers filed complaints with the city about a lack of heat or hot water during the fiscal year that ended June 2010.

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