Posted by Joanne on August 06, 1996 at 16:43:23:
Three months ago, the temperatures started to rise into the high 90's to
100's. I began to realize the AC unit was running constantly but the
temperature remained around 85 in the apartment. I reported the problem
to the apartment management who had two AC men come to inspect it. Both
reported "there was no problem with the system; it was working. However,
the AC system installed for my apartment was two small and did not have
the capacity to do the job." On reporting this back to the landlord,
he said, "since the existing unit was working, it was not his problem."
And, if I did not like it, move. My lease is not up for 5 more months, and
I do not want to move. In the meantime, my electric bills are $175 more
than they should be (I compared to my neighbors); HL&P supports me.
Can I legally withold the excessive electric cost from my rent? Can he
evict me for complaining about a problem? Can he start taking my
belongings for withholding electric charges?
I subsequently learned that the real cause of "not cooling" was because
the AC unit
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