I have asthma and severe allergies. The only ventilation in my apartment living room is via patio sliding glass doors. Both of my neighbors smoke heavily on their patios, daily, so I can't open my door without exposure. During the 15 years I've lived here, my landlord has made upgrades to most apts. but not mine. Most apts. have one wall unit air conditioner, many have two. Zero for me. My landlord won't allow me to install my own window unit air conditioner, even though I have no lease which forbids it. He also refuses to install a through-the-wall air conditioner like most tenants have, even though I offered to pay for it. It appears he'd like me to move out so he can raise rent for a future tenant. I realize my landlord isn't legally obligated to provide air-conditioning, but again, most units have them. Those who don't are allowed to use their own window unit, so I feel singled-out as I've been denied while all other residents have at least one type of air conditioner. Additionally, I'm about to have sinus surgery. My doctor insists I get air-conditioning before my surgery and avoid smoke altogether. This is a health matter, not a personal comfort choice. Can you please help?
You should contact the Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department for assistance.
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