I moved into my home on May 20, 2016. I signed a lease before the power was ever cut on with the impression that the AC worked. When I got the power turned on, I quickly found out that the air blew but the AC did not. The landlord had a man come out and look at the outside unit, he pretty much said it was shot. So the landlord said he would bring us a window unit. So now we have two units that do not cool the entire place. What can I do? It is going to make our power bill threw the roof with running two window units.
Was there an affirmative representation that you detrimentally relied upon.. as to the functionality of the air conditioning unit? Is the unit which is being replaced, the same/similar type of the unit with what is now serving as the substitute unit? It does not appear that any "warranty of habitability" has been breached by the landlord. To the contrary he/she is attempting to mitigate the damages by replacing the non-operational unit. The electric bill would have been analogous to what it will now be, irrespective of the type of unit..to wit, they are both window units, of the same type of model. You do not appear to have sustained any damages as a result of what transpired. This is a generic response based on the facts as you have described and I understand them to be. Good luck to you.
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I agree with the previous attorney's advice. Request in writing that your landlord replace the central unit because you did not agree to lease a premises with window units which are arguably inferior replacements. If you are unable to work this out amicably with the landlord, consider hiring a local attorney to send a demand letter on your behalf. Realize that such a legal service is likely going to cost you a couple of hundred dollars.
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