If theA/C is broken in my apartment and the complex has not addressed the issue completely, do I have the right to request a discount?

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If theA/C is broken in my apartment and the complex has not addressed the issue completely, do I have the right to request a discount?

I am very sick. My air conditioning constantly goes out. My apartment complex has not addressed the issue in full they keep putting new fuses. I do not have the energy to deal with this nor it is fair that it raising my electricity bill. They tell me that because it is lower then 85 degrees at night there is nothing they can can but yet I am home all day when it 102 degrees (with an A/C unit that continues to go out). I want to know if I have the right to request a reduction on rent or a right to a hotel if I have medical paperwork supporting my illness?

Asked on September 30, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Arizona

Answers:

FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If you have a written lease for the rental that you have, you need to carefully read it in that its terms and conditions control the obligations owed to you by the landlord and vice versa in the absence of conflicting state law. You need to read all provisions concerning maintenance of the rental and whose obligation it is to do so and repair it within a state time period.

I suggest that you immediately write your landlord a letter stating the problems with your rental requesting repairs by a stated date and if not done by that date, you will hire someone to make the repairs and deduct the costs of repairs from your next month's renatl payment. Keep a copy of this letter for future need.

In the alternative, you can request a reduction of your rent from your landlord but that does not solve the fixing of the air conditioning unit.

Good luck.


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