Tuesday’s single digit temperatures and below zero wind chill made it clear: Winter has arrived in Boston.
With the weather cold enough to shut down Boston Public Schools on Tuesday and slow the MBTA, even staying warm inside can be a challenge. However, there are options for anyone struggling to heat their home, whether the issue is an unresponsive landlord or costly heating bills.
In Massachusetts, landlords are required to keep the heat at least 68 degrees during the day and at least 64 degrees at night from September 15 to June 15, unless it’s stated that the tenant is responsible for heat in the lease. If your apartment isn’t heated and your landlord is dodging you, reach out to Boston’s Inspectional Services Department, said Lisa Timberlake, the director of publicity for the department.