Minimum Heating Requirements

We have received several phone calls regarding the requirement for heat in a rental unit.  Below is information for both tenants and owners of properties in Owatonna.

City of Owatonna Minimum Housing Code
Rental Property in the City of Owatonna must comply with the requirements of the Owatonna Minimum Housing Code. The code does address heating issues for rental property. 
460:11 Subd. 1 (c)
The heating equipment should be capable of maintaining 68 degrees F.* Temperature is measured 3 feet from the floor and exterior wall.

Tenants who are having problems with the heat in their rental unit should follow the following procedure:

  1. Contact your landlord or maintenance company to inform them that you are having problems with heat in your rental unit.
  2. The property owner must be made aware of the problem and be allowed reasonable time to correct the problem.
  3. If the property owner does not correct the problem contact the Owatonna Fire Department at 444-2454. A fire department inspector will inspect the property, and if necessary write compliance orders to correct the problem.   

 

How to Protect and Reconnect Your Heat
Minnesota State Law
Cold Weather Rule - MN Statutes, Chapter 216B govern disconnection policies of residential heating sources from October 15 through April 15. All natural gas and electric utilities must follow some level of the Cold Weather Rule. If you need electricity to keep your heat on, you may apply for Cold Weather Rule protection with your electric company.

  • Delivered fuels such as fuel oil, propane and wood are not covered by the CWR.
  • Contact your utility and request a Cold Weather Rule payment arrangement.
  • You must make and keep a payment arrangement with your utility to receive Cold Weather Rule (CWR) protection. The payments do not need to be the same each month. This applies to all residential customers, including senior citizens and families with young children. If you make and keep a CWR payment plan, you are protected until April 15.
  • If you can’t make your scheduled payment contact your utility immediately to discuss a different arrangement. If you do not make your payments, your service may be shut off.
  • To be eligible the combined income from all members in the household is At or below 50 percent of the state median income, you are not required to pay more than ten percent of your household income. Above 50 percent of the state median, you can still make payment arrangements with your utility.
  • Tenants can contact the Energy Assistance Hotline for assistance: 1-800-657-3710.

For more information go to:  Public Utilities Commission