Can I refuse to pay rent if my landlord won’t fix the air conditioner after a week?

Asked on August 2, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Florida

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Not really. COurts consider this "self help" and do not really like it. But you can go to court and ask the court to allow you to pay your rent in to court and for an abatement (reduction) in your rent for the time that the AC was broken.  This is based upon a breach of contract and breach of warrantly of habitability (it must be unbearably warm in Florida wth out eh AC).   The court will make sure that it is fixed.  Good luck.

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Not really. COurts consider this "self help" and do not really like it. But you can go to court and ask the court to allow you to pay your rent in to court and for an abatement (reduction) in your rent for the time that the AC was broken.  This is based upon a breach of contract and breach of warrantly of habitability (it must be unbearably warm in Florida wth out eh AC).   The court will make sure that it is fixed.  Good luck.


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