Coming back in from work a couple days back, we noticed the above notice posted next to our apartment building’s elevator. A little assist from Google Translate and a confirmation from our landlord later, we discovered that it was an opportunity to vote for turning the building’s heat on earlier than scheduled. (Fűtés indítás kérés = heating start request)
The building dates back to around 1930 — and the aforementioned elevator not much younger — so some of the facilities are old school. There is a central furnace that supplies steam heat to all the flats, but it isn’t usually fired up until mid-October. This week the temperatures dropped into the 40s and 50s at night, which prompted the notice. Once over 50% of the flat owners voted in favor, the motion carried, and we should be nice and toasty sometime next week.