Please forgive our Game of Thrones reference. Winter may already be here, so it’s important to know what to do in the event you are without heat or if you have have insufficient heat.
Each community has their own timetable and rules for providing heat in rental units. If you are unable to resolve a heating problem with your landlord, call your local municipality for support. Many municipalities have staff that are tasked with building inspection and will contact your landlord to ensure that essential services are being adequately provided.
You may also reference your lease agreement to see who is responsible for clearing the snow.
If you are worried that your pipes might freeze, leave the tap dripping overnight to ensure they do not freeze. Also, put a towel under your door to help keep the heat inside.
Things NOT to do:
- Run your extremely hot water
- Use your oven to heat your apartment
- Burn candles
- All are very unsafe and ineffective ways to heat your apartment.
Be a Good Neighbor:
- Keep extra hats, gloves and scarves with you when you’re on the move. Your extra gloves might save someone’s fingers from frostbite.
- When it snows, make sure to clear off sidewalks for the elderly, people with disabilities, and young children in strollers.
Your Municipality Could Also:
- Request a well-being check for someone suffering due to extreme weather
- Report inadequate heat in a residential building
- Learn about programs that assist with home heating costs
- Connect to shelter and supportive services
A Warming Center is a heated facility where residents can go to find safe refuge from extreme weather. To find warming centers near you, see Keep Warm Illinois.
Note: Many municipalities will provide access to community buildings for this purpose that are not on the state’s list. Call your local city government to ask for more information.
If you or someone you know has any further questions about your rights, building, landlord or heat, please e-mail or call our Landlord-Tenant Liasion, Oliver Jury. His direct line is (847) 501-5760 ext. 411