Senate Approves Measure Authorizing Local Boards of Health to Set Higher Minimum Heat Requirements for Senior Communities
July 27, 2015
The Senate passed a measure which would amend the enabling statues for local boards of health to provide additional powers concerning the provision of heat in multifamily communities. The bill, S-2796, sponsored by Senator Cruz-Perez (D-Camden), passed in a 33-0 vote. The bill allows local boards of health to establish a higher minimum temperature for age-restrcted senior communities during the heating season. Current regulations require that from October 1 of each year to May 1 the following year, multiple dwellings be heated to a minimum of 68 degrees Fahrenheit during the daytime hours and a minimum temperature of 65 degrees Fahrenheit during nighttime hours. The bill would authorize local boards of health to require that owners of age restricted housing to provide a heat at a minimum temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit. thsi could be made applicable around-the-clock, unless the person occupying the unit is not 62 and is not disabled. Click here for a copy of the bill as approved by the Senate. There currently is no companion bill in the Assembly.