Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia

Q: Do landlords need to make repairs to outside AC units if fan motor quit working

In state of virginia whose responsibility is it to make repairs to outside AC unit? The fan motor quit working and it cost me 300 to get it repair cause the landlord told I had too. Can I deduct 300 from the following months rent ?

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

A: This may depend on the wording of your lease. Don't simply withhold rent - that causes other problems. Instead consider filing a 'tenant assertion' in General District Court and ask the court to have the landlord refund your money.

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

A: Generally, the laws in Virginia provide that once the Tenant takes possession of the Premises, the Tenant is responsible for all repairs and maintenance at the Premises. This is also generally a provision in the residential lease contract.

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