Heat Seek

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Councilman Calls For Heat Sensors To Fight Landlords Who Keep Apartments Cold

May 21, 2018 - 1:35 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The city has a plan to help tenants who are repeatedly fighting their landlords for heat during the coldest stretches of the year.

“We finally will have the technology that will turn up that heat on landlords,” said City Councilman Ritchie Torres (D-15th).

As WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported Monday, there were more than 500,000 heat complaints in the city last winter – and lawmakers said far too many of them were ignored by landlords.

Torres is pushing a plan requiring heat sensors in buildings with multiple violations.

“The beauty of the heat-sensor; Heat Seek technology is that it solves the problem of concealing evidence of harassment,” Torres said.

Noelle Francois is the executive director of Heat Seek, the company that developed the heat sensor device.

“We build small, inexpensive, web-connected temperature sensors,” she said.

Thus, if the apartments are cold, the tenants have evidence. They would still need to fight their landlords in court.