The board of health has moved to thwart a landlord’s plan to stop supplying heat to his tenants between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. At its meeting last night, the board introduced an ordinance requiring landlords of multifamily units to maintain heat at a minimum of 65 degrees from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. and 68 from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The ordinance was the result of a directive issued Nov. 8 by the landlord of the North Village Garden Apartments on Cranbury Cross Road, which informed tenants that heat would shut off from 11 a.m. to 5 a.m. and that boilers were to be shut off during the day. There are about 500 units in the development.
Tenants informed the board by letter and the tenant representatives attended the board meeting last night. The ordinance comes up for final hearing at the board’s next meeting Dec. 17. In North Brunswick, the mayor and township committee are also the board of health, and consequently have the power to introduce and approve ordinances.
The heating limits ordered by the ordinance would be effective to May 1 of next year. The landlords directive showed a copy of notice from his fuel supplier advising the apartments' management that less fuel would be available and urging less use of heating. the directive specifically recommended a minimum use of heat at night.
"But they obviously translated that to mean the absolute minimum," remarked Mayor Jack Pincus.