My home owner refused to replace d 3rd non working a/c in d unit unless I add $100/mth to my rent.All 3 were old but she only replaced 2.What do I do?

Asked by Chichi, Palatine, IL Tue Jul 6, 2010

I am renting a 2bdrm apt in Palatine @ $950/mth & have paid rent on time since moving in last Nov.All 3 airconditioners in the unit were old & non-functional,I notified the owner since April but she replaced only 2 last friday.When I asked about the kids bedroom,she said it cost her $1000 for the 2 she fixed and will not replace the 3rd except if I accept for her to increase my rent by $100/mth starting now which was never in the lease.My kids are uncomfortable in that room with just fan especially now that its too hot & humid.Thay can't sleep in the living room & can't fit in my room at nights.This is a problem for me,what do I do please?

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Jim Holder, Agent, Rolling Meadows, IL
Sun Sep 19, 2010

It appears you are a responsible tenant that pays their rent on time and takes care of the property.

Your lease maybe coming up for renewal soon if you have a 1 year lease. If you are considering staying for another year, this would be good point of negotiation for the next term.

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Good luck with whatever you decide.
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Wayne Beals, Agent, Chicago, IL
Tue Jul 6, 2010
Hey Chichi,

Check your lease to see if airconditioning equipment is specifically addressed.

If not, most ordinances specify a minimum heating requirement, but don't typically include cooling. Unless the landlord made an agreement to provide you with equipment, it may be difficult to make an argument here. Check with the city of Palatine to see if they have a landlord/tenant ordinance.

With multiple AC units, I'm assuming that these are wall (sleeve) or window units. If so, at $100/month, it may be cheaper for you to buy your own unit and store the landlords equipment. Doesn't make sense to pay him/her $1200 per year for a unit that might cost $300.00 to open and can be installed without property damage/modification.

Wayne Beals
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Scott Godzyk, Agent, Manchester, NH
Tue Jul 6, 2010
You have to look at your lease to see what is included and what is not. If it is a central unit or built into the wall. If they are in the window they may not be included in yoru l;ease, if built in they should.

You lease will tell the true tale though.
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