How long can a landlord leave you without air-conditioning
First, does your lease specifically include air
conditioning? Most don’t because air
conditioning isn’t considered a “habitability” matter, even here in Las Vegas. Heat is a home without heat is considered “uninhabitable”, but air conditioning is not required unless it’s specifically mentioned in the lease.
However if the air conditioning worked when you signed the lease and it’s central air conditioning (as opposed to individual window units), then the air conditioning is considered to be part of the “implied warranty of habitability”.
Please read the lease. Is the landlord supplying AC part of the lease? If not you may be on your own, and may need permission from the landlord to install one. If AC is included in the lease, then the landlord is responsible to supply it. If it breaks down the landlord is responsible to repair or replace in a reasonable amount of time. But read your lease agreement, it will usually answer most questions as to landlords and tenants areas of responsibility.
In many cities/states, if the landlord doesn’t take care of the repairs, may have several options, including the right to with hold rent or to “repair and deduct.” You’ll have to check the laws where you live to find out how long is “too long ” .
Once you Know , then contact the landlord and ask him if he’s going to get it fixed this month or if you should “repair and deduct” instead. You must provide him with copies of any invoices to confirm how much you paid.
Indefinitely, unless air conditioning forms part of the lease (or unless you have reasonable grounds for believing it does – such as being shown an air conditioning unit by the landlord before signing the
So, For example I am in Florida, where I personally consider AC to be almost required for 3/4 of the year (maybe not in the coolest winter months). With my rentals, if I get a call that the AC has quit working, here is the process… First, I walk tenant through, on the phone, a few simple checks… What is the happening (it might give me an idea of the issue, based on experience)?
Next, check theAC breakers, to make sure just flipping a breaker back on doesn’t fix the problem. Then, are we sure it is not simply a matter of a dead battery in the thermostat/control. Last, if we have not figured out the
problem, Igive them the phone number of my AC guy, and tell them to call and schedule an appointment that is convenient for them (as they know their schedule, and they have to be there when the AC guy comes).
Then, the time frame is between them and the AC guy. I do have a back up AC company, in case my main guy is just scheduling too far out, but that almost never happens. My guy can usually get to repairs the same
day or the next day, depending on his schedule and when we call (excluding Sundays, when he does not work). I think that is very reasonable.
On occasion, a tenant will think that their AC issue should be addressed “immediately”… Reality check – AC companies have many customers, and for the most part, treat them first come, first served. Almost no company is going to come immediately on a consistent basis – that isn’t realistic. I have, a few times over the years, had a tenant complain… So, I tell therm, you go ahead and make some calls, and if you find somebody that can do it sooner, I will pay if it is a reasonable price.
I will not pay double or triple rates so you can get it fixed on Sunday, or as an emergency “fix immediately”. I will pay the normal rate, for a normal time, and if you want to pay extra to get it done immediately, you can do so. I think this is more than fair, as it is the same way I get
AC repairs done for my own home… I don’t pay double or triple to get it done immediately I get the first possible regular rate time scheduled. Also, many repairs can be done on the spot, but occasionally a special part might be needed, that has to be ordered, and adds a day or two to the job… Can’t be helped- it does happen.
If you are in a significantly cooler climate than Florida, maybe AC is not required at all, much less in a hurry – I don’t know your location.
However, rent laws ussually vary from state to state so you better consult local lawyer before finalising anything.