Is a landlord required to install air conditioning?

I am about to move into a house that I will be renting for the following year. It is extremely hot inside, more than outside.

Asked on July 25, 2015 under Real Estate Law, Illinois


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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Every state, and most municipalities, have regulations that a landlord must follow, which are generally known as a landlord's "warranty of habitability". They are in place to ensure that tenants have access to basic necessities. For example, heating is always required of a landlord; air conditioning is generally not. If it is required, it's likely that its pursuant to a provision in local rlaw as opposed to state law.

Note: If you already have air conditioning and it's not working properly, things are different. A landlord's failure to properly maintain an air conditioner that�they have�already provided is their responsiblity to repair.�The fact is that any time a landlord has provided an appliance,��they are�contractually obligated to provide it in working order.

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