Due to the extreme cold temperatures, the City of Peoria Community Development Department would like to remind residents of the importance of the following city codes as temperatures drop.
Every owner and operator of any building who rents, leases or lets one or more dwelling units, rooming unit, dormitory or guestroom on terms either expressed or implied, to furnish heat to the occupants thereof shall supply sufficient heat to maintain the room temperature of 65 degrees F during the hours between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. of each day and not less than 60 degrees F. during other hours. In addition, all occupied property in the City of Peoria must have active utilities.
If you are renting a property that does not have adequate heat as described above, please inform your landlord of this responsibility immediately. Please do not wait for the temperatures to drop even further. If they are unwilling to make corrections in a reasonable time frame, please contact the City of Peoria at 309.494-CARE. Cooking appliances should not be used, nor should portable unvented fuel burning space heaters used, as a means to provide adequate heating. These can pose serious safety risks. Residents should also be aware of the potential for freezing pipes due to the outside temperature. Precautions should be taken such as allowing a small trickle of water in your faucets and exposing pipes to warmer air temperatures by opening cabinet doors. If your pipes do freeze, please be cautious about using a space heater to thaw frozen pipes and never leave the space heater unattended.
The City of Peoria offers an Emergency Repair Program for homeowners with faulty heating facilities. To be eligible for this program, homeowners must provide homeowners insurance, pass income qualifications, be up to date on property taxes, do not owe any money (in the form of fees or fines) to the city, and mortgage must be up to date. For inquiries regarding the Emergency Repair Program, please contact our Development Center at 309-494-8600.
For questions regarding information contained in this press release, please call Assistant Community Development Director, Joe Dulin, at 309.494-8600 or contact by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.