What to do about no A/C for a month?

My A/C was not working for over a month. After 9 calls to maintenance to repair, it was finally fixed. The landlord will not deduct any compensation from the rent for this issue (no A/C for over a month in 100 degree weather). What can I do? I am paying for rent not worth the actual value for an apartment without A/C. At times, it was so hot that I had to bring my kids to McDonalds to be in the A/C.

Asked on August 1, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Virginia

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If your landlord will not compensate you with a reduction in your rent for the month that your rental was without air conditioning, you need to come up with some figure as to what the fair rental value would be with air conditioning and without air conditioning and then bring an action in small claims court for the over payment.

I caution against doing this in that there may have been reasons why the unit took so long to be fixed and a small claims action will not ingratiate yourself with your landlord.


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