I cannot recall if it was California Consumer Affairs phone number I called but it stated that if a tenant rented an apartment with working A/c the landlord is required to maintain and repair it. You as an tenant landlord attorney are you aware of it. Thanks.
What they told you is consistent with what I wrote in my first answer. If you move in to a place with working AC, there is a presumption that landlord must make repairs. There are exceptions under certain circumstances; it is a fact-specific issue. And if tenants are on a monthly rental, it's my view that landlord can notify them on 30 days that AC will no longer be provided.
Palmdale might require landlords to provide AC. Check with the local building department or tenant attorney.
Good luck with your situation.
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