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How long does a landlord have to fix a broken air conditioner in Southern California?

I notified my landlord a month ago that my AC was not working. It took them over a week to have someone look at it, and then find out that it cannot be fixed. They said that the unit is coming from out of state, but this is ridiculous and it is hot! Any one know what I can do?

3 years ago - 7 answers

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Under California law the landlord is required to maintain the property in good working order. The landlord has 30 days to make repairs from when he was first notified of a problem. If repairs are not made the tenant has several remedies available including paying for the repairs himself and deducting the cost from the rent, withholding rent, suing for inconvenience or discomfort, moving out,....

Note that there are some risks associated with doing anything on your own. It's much better to resolve it with the landlord than going to court.

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3 years ago

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Unless an air condition was part of the terms of the lease, there is no limit. Many of us live without it and many before you lived without it in the Inland Empire or Las Vegas.

by falsi fiable - 3 years ago

They have forever to fix it, unless air conditioning is one of the features guaranteed to you in your lease.

by rtfm - 3 years ago

Forever. There is no limit on air conditioning as its not a necessity.

by Common Sense - 3 years ago

Forever, since AC is not a requirement, it is a luxury. They are not obligated to fix or replace it at all.

by the kid - 3 years ago

As long as he wants; landlords are never required to provide A/C, unless you live in Arizona or it is specifically in your lease. Be glad he is taking steps to provide you with a new unit at all; he could choose to let it go and prohibit you from installing a window unit of your own.

by Brittney - 3 years ago

There is nothing you can do to make them fix it faster or at all. They are never legally required to fix it. AC is not legally required to be included in any state but AZ.

EDIT: Howard's advice is ONLY valid for things they are legally required to fix. They would not be breaking any laws if they never fixed it & there would be nothing you could do about it.

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by Wildcat - 3 years ago