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  • Landlord Pays for Gas & Electric, but Forced to use Electric Heaters. Is this Legal??

    I am currently renting a studio unit in central Mass where the lease states my landlords are responsible for gas heating and electricity, however, I do not have a thermostat to control and my unit is typically between 56-61 degrees, and landlords were aware from day one, offering me an electric portable heater. Feb 9th, I came home to 48 degrees and a very icy carpet. Today my landlords informed me that they ordered electric baseboard heaters and explained that the lack of heat is because my unit only has a single gas heater in the bedroom, whereas the other units have several. I know the law states a certain temperature to be maintained during the winter months, but is it legal to have me rely on electric heaters if the electricity is covered? I'm worried about a power outage due to winter storms or blown fuse, which has happened recently.

    This has been a nightmare and huge waste of money. I would like to know if the heating situation is legal or not before I call the board of health or continue to pay rent if it's too cold to sleep there.

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    Re: Landlord Pays for Gas & Electric, but Forced to use Electric Heaters. Is this Leg

    Unless local regs specify temperature control unit must be in apt, electric heaters are fine. Even if you did have a grievance, installation of baseboard heating will solve that before you incur any right to break your lease.
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    I would not be trying to provide information and knowledge if I did not sympathize.

    Some days it is just not worth chewing through the restraints to face life.

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