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Dear PoPville – A/C and Heat in a Rental

by Prince Of Petworth July 27, 2011 at 2:30 pm 34 Comments


Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr. T in DC

“Dear PoPville,

I have a question about A/C and heating in rental properties. I am about to move into a room at a house but the house has no central air for A/C or heating. I am just wondering if it’s proper etiquette to ask the landlord if he’d be willing to provide an A/C unit and/or a heating unit. I’m living in a basement room so it gets especially cold in the winter and everyone knows how hot it’s been. The rent is really amazing and already very cheap so I just don’t want to push it with the landlord. So, I’m just wondering if I should just suck it up and buy my own units. Any guidance would be helpful!”

The landlord is absolutely required to provide heat. Anyone know if a/c is required as well?

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