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unit with air conditioning, he must keep the ar conditioners in good rep ir. Because your lease

specifies

air

conditioning

will

be

provided,

you

cause

repair

and

deduct.

You

should

first

notify the landlord that the air conditioning is out oforder, preferably in writing. If the landlord

fails to repair within a reasonble amount of time, you can pay rothe repair and subtract that

cost from your next month’s rent. You need to be careful not tspend more on the repair than

you can deduct from your future rent. If you are a tenant-at-will, yshould not spend more

than two months rent since your landlord can terminate your lease with a sixty (60) day notice.

The roof on my unit is leaking. I notified the landlord and it was fixed but it took about three weeks to have the repairs completed. During that time, I did not have use of the room where the leak occurred. Shouldn't the landlord reduce the rent to compensate me for the time I could not use that room? What if my furniture or personal belongings were damaged?

The landlord is responsible for making rirsa within a reasonable time after being

notified of the need for the repair. If the l ndlord undertook and completed roof repairs within a

reasonable time after notice, the landlord has fulfilled his repair responsibilities

compensation

to

the

tenant

for

the

loss

of

the

room

is

unlikely.

However,

if

the

landlord

unreasonably delayed in undertaking the repairs nd the tenant suffered a loss due to the delay,

the tenant may have a claim against the landlod for damages to personal property caused by the

delay in repair. The tenant does have a responsibility to protect his property from damage.

Generally, a landlord will not be required tocompensate a tenant for the temporary loss

of a portion of the premises. This should nprevent the tenant from asking the landlord for

compensation for their loss and inconvenience. The apartment complex is a business and you are

its customer. A well-run apartment complex wo d want to maintain goodtenant relations and

ensure that you will want to remain there when your current lease expires. It is usually more

successful for a tenant to negotiatefor a future rent credit, thanto ask the landlord to pay cash

out of pocket. Use common sense and reasonabness when approaching the landlord seeking

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