Orlando, FL asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Florida

Q: I live in a Private owned condo. And the owner is taking there time fixing the Ac.

So the owner of the condo have not fix my AC and it’s been 4 weeks. I have two small kids one is 1 years old and the other one is 4. I have been emailing the realtor multiple time about the issue an also I requested to speak with the owner. It’s like nothing is getting done. I requested for my rent to be brought down because of the issue. My daughter have medical issues like Seizures and asthma we can’t live like this. What should I say to the realtor or what should I do??

1 Lawyer Answer
Richard Paul Zaretsky
Richard Paul Zaretsky
  • West Palm Beach, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Look at your lease. Does it say the landlord is supplying a working a/c system? Florida statutes do not provide that the landlord must provide air conditioning, even if it is already installed on the property.

So if the lease provides that the landlord will provide air conditioning, then not getting it fixed in a reasonable amount of time could be a breach of lease entitling you to at least a reduction in rent.

But again - look to the lease. If there is air conditioning mentioned, who does it say is to maintain the air conditioning system? It may be you as the tenant.

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