Arnold, MO asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Missouri

Q: Is 80 plus degrees considered livable for an apartment?

700 sq ft Apartment in Jefferson County, we have the AC running 24/7 and it is still over 80 degrees inside, and we pay almost $300 for electric. Seems absurd, maintenance has looked at ac twice and says its fine, it does pump out cold air but mainly sits in the cavity in the ceiling. Wondering if we have grounds to break contract.

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Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Chesterfield, MO
  • Licensed in Missouri

A: That's awfully hot and very hight for the electric bill. The lease probably makes you responsible for the bill.

If you just move out you'll probably get sued and it will show up on Casenet regardless of the outcome. A better option, if you can afford it, is to hire an attorney to try to negotiation a mutual termination of the lease.

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