Newport News, VA asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia

Q: We rent in The state of VA and our AC has been out for 2 weeks in the middle of a heat index of 110 degrees. We pur

We purchased With our own money a portable unit for our bedroom and an window unit that have been on constantly for 2 weeks. We’ve spent close to $600 and have yet to receive our electricity bill. Our landlord lives in another state and had someone for her home warranty come out and give an estimate of 7-10 for the part to come in and we’ve yet to hear anything. It’s day 8 and going into the weekend. Our air conditioners aren’t even cooling the house past 89 degrees. At this point does this violate the tenant- landlord act? Should we be sending her bills for everything we’ve had to pay and does this count as being unsafe living conditions?

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F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof
Answered
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Alexandria, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: In Virginia, the proper procedure to take is to call the Office of Housing Code Enforcement for the county or city where you live in that Premises and make a formal complaint.

Ross Cameron Hart
Ross Cameron Hart
Answered
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Salem, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: You have the right to file a Tenant Assertion - this forum doesn't allow the space required for me to describe the process, so here's an outline I posted on another forum Here is an outline I prepared about Tenant Assertions in Virginia: https://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/tenant-assertion-in-virginia

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