Most Chicagoans are thoroughly enjoying the recent record high temperatures. Most, but not all.
We’ve heard that twenty-something rookie renters in a number of high-rise buildings are whining loudly about the temperature in their apartments. They’ve also threatened to move to hotels until the heat wave passes, and deduct the cost from their rent. At least one tenant has threatened a lawsuit.
Veteran tenants realize that building owners and managers can’t easily switch their two-pipe heating and cooling systems to provide chilled water to the fans that cool the units in high-rise buildings. It takes several days to switch these systems from heating to cooling and several additional days to switch back. We mention the topic briefly at about 4:00 of the above video.
Chicago ordinances require landlords to provide minimum heat temperatures during a heating season that begins September 15 and lasts until June 1st. Landlords must maintain at least a 68-degree temperature from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and 66 degrees from 10:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Although this heat wave has lasted for more than a week, a landlord would have been foolish to run the risk that it would.
Welcome to the world, young renters. Suck it up, wait it out and quit your whining.