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Dear PoP – Air Conditioning!

by Prince Of Petworth June 7, 2010 at 2:27 pm 14 Comments

“Dear PoP,

I have been renting a house for the last four months and the owner of the house promised verbally and written in email that there would be air conditioning installed in the house. She continues to say she is contacting contractors and waiting to hear back since day one and the unit has not been installed, nor is the fan in the house powerful enough to circulate air.

Do you know what rights we have legally as far as withholding rent/complaints/etc? I have researched the DC tenant laws and it mentions a potential situation like this – an amenity that is not stated in the lease but was supposed to be supplied by the owner upon signing the contract. The fan not working to circulate air has been in issue since day one as well.

Do we sweat and wait or can we take action?”

What do you guys suggest?


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