New sensor law turning up the heat for landlords

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A new law is turning up the heat on landlords who don't provide adequate heat and hot water to tenants.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams announced the passing of the new law mandating that the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development identify 50 of the city's worst landlords with the most violations of heat and hot water complaints.

The new law will also require those owners to install the heat sensors in each apartment in their buildings. Adams says there were more than 230,000 heat and hot water complaints filed last winter in the city.

Advocates say the monitored temperature detectors will also provide tenants a record on how much heat they are receiving. It will also hold landlords accountable who continue to violate the city's heating guidelines.

Tenant Association President Sarah Wynn says her phone has been ringing off the hook from anxious neighbors about the expected cold weather.

Wynn lives at Lafayette Estates in the Soundview section of the Bronx. She claims that for years she has been dealing with inadequate heat.

The new law is expected to take effect in July.

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