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Old 01-14-2011, 06:27 PM
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Hey everyone. This is my first winter here in Savannah and my apartment does not have central heat/air but one window unit in the living room that provides heat and a.c. My unit has been acting up and although technically working the air coming in is barely warm and the entire apartment is freezing. The bedroom doesn't have the heat option at all in the window unit. I informed my landlord and they had a repair person come take a look at it. This person said it was working but needed cleaning which they went ahead and did. After returning my unit today it's still hardly working and I've had it on for a few hours. Once again I told my landlord but they keep talking around it asking for me to get space heaters etc. I'm a student and can't afford to buy those since I don't get my loan money in until the end of the month.They are going to drop off a space heater tomorrow but to me it's a temp fix not to mention it won't heat up the whole apartment. Anyway my question is: Is there heat laws here at all? I'm from NYC and I know there is heat laws with specific temps that your apt must be once the temp outside drops below a certain amount that the landlord is responsible for. Any help would be appreciated!
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Old 01-14-2011, 08:15 PM
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I don't think there are any Heat Laws in Savannah. This winter has been unusually cold.

Good Luck!!
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Old 01-14-2011, 08:28 PM
Location: Metro Atlanta & Savannah, GA - Corpus Christi, TX
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No heat laws here. Make good use of the space heater. Your landlord is pretty much doing his part by providing you with one. If he didn't, then there would be an issue. Don't worry too much about it, this kind of cold (teens & 20s at night) only lasts in spurts through the end of February and beginning of March at the latest. It'll warm up soon enough.
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Old 01-14-2011, 11:09 PM
Location: Savannah GA
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I'd be more worried that the AC units work properly come spring ... cause you're gonna need 'em! (and those window units are notoriously expensive to run unless the newer more efficient models which I hope they are)
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Old 01-17-2011, 12:28 PM
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I'd call the city or go to the city building with photos and talk to the person in charge of housing. If your heat is out and not being fixed then the landlord could loose his certificate of occupancy. Also if you decide to not pay your rent be sure to open a escrow account and do it the right way so when you are served with an eviction notice you can show the judge everything you have done. Send the landlord a letter via the us mail requiring a signature showing receipt. Demand he fix everything wrong. If he doesn't fix it and you don't want to pay research on how to do this the right way. Involve the city in it. They love beating up on deadbeat landlords as they are easier to find than criminals and make great headlines so the city can justify its taxes and budget for the department.
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