What are my rights if my landlord will not fix my A/C?

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What are my rights if my landlord will not fix my A/C?

Asked on June 13, 2015 under Real Estate Law, Illinois

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Many states provide that�that if a landlord fails to provide running water, gas, electricity, hot water, heat and/or cooling, then the tenant may give notice to the landlord that�they are�in breach of the lease. At that point, the tenant has one of the following�3 options: hire someone to fix the unit and deduct the cost of the repair from�the next month’s rent; find substitute housing until the A/C is fixed; or terminate the lease and sue for incidental expneses related thereto.

That having all been said, this is just a brief outline; there are requirements for taking any of the above steps. Additionally, state laws vary as to the specifcs of any of the above remedies. At this point, you can consult directly with an attorney who handles these type cases.


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