What should I if my apartment complex took a month to fix my A/C?

I reported my A/C not working right a month ago. They are just now fixing it. The entire unit had to be replaced. They did nothing to put us in a unit with adequate air conditioning. They gave us 2 box fans and said hope it helps. I went to office to let them know I was not responsible for rent for this month and to find out why they made us live in that situation. The manager played the blame placing game and agreed to nothing. What should I do now?

Asked on August 29, 2011 Arizona

Answers:

FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If you had to live in your rented unit for a month or so with no air conditioning, you need to write the apartment complex manager and the landlord voicing your disleasure requesting some abatement from your rent for your inconvenience in that your monthly rent included a working air conditioning unit which you did not receive and see what response if any you receive. Keep a copy of the letter for future need.

If you do not receive the response that you want, you then request a face to face meeting with the complex manager and the landlord to see what is going to be done regarding a rent abatement. If you still do not get the response desired, you can let the issue lie or take your chances in small claims court for the desired rebate in rent.

I caution you that a small claims action for a relatively small amount of a desired rent rebate may cause you more problems than good, win or lose.


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