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Old 07-26-2010, 01:37 PM
 
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Is there any recourse for tenants if apartment management fails to promptly correct a problem with an air conditioner? The central A/C has gone out many times in the last 10 days. The maintenance men have responded to the tenants' calls, but have been unable to make a lasting repair to the unit. There was some talk of a replacement, but no date promised. The tenants cannot afford to move to a hotel.

With the very high temps in NoVA recently, you can imagine how much like an oven the apartment feels. Even when a repair lasts for the better part of a day, by evening there's only hot air blowing and the inside temps rise to the upper-80s to mid-90s pretty quickly. This would seem to be a habitability issue, because one of the residents is very susceptible to heat stroke.

If it makes any difference, the apartment complex is in McLean. Is there some housing authority or consumer agency that might help the tenants get a faster resolution? Thanks.
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Old 07-26-2010, 01:42 PM
 
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If push comes to shove you could sue for breach of warranty of habitability and seek a rent abatement for the days you suffered without A/C.
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Old 07-26-2010, 02:11 PM
 
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Renters' Rights & Tenants' Rights - Free Law Resources - Nolo
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Old 07-26-2010, 03:14 PM
 
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Also call your supervisor's office, and ask all your neighbors to do the same (maybe distribute a flier around your building). And contact the Metro desk of the WaPo.
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Old 07-27-2010, 08:17 AM
 
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Thanks for the help, y'all. Hope this is resolved shortly.
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