Landlords have some hefty responsibilities—include providing tenants with a roof over their head, taking care of repairs, and making sure the property is safe and up to code. But there are other obligations that they should be providing as well.
It's true that landlord responsibilities vary widely because of local laws and lease terms. But some of their duties and obligations are more or less standard across the board. One of these is maintaining the air conditioning system.
If the lease specifies that tenants are entitled to a working air conditioner, landlords have to maintain it. If a heat-related illness occurred as the result of the landlord not fixing the air conditioner, it could be considered negligence by a judge, especially in a situation where the property is occupied by someone elderly or very young.
Certain property management companies set specific criteria for when they have to repair air conditioning. For example, if the weather report says it's supposed to be over 85 degrees Fahrenheit on a certain day, as a landlord you have to make sure the air conditioning is working.
For more information on air conditioning repairs and maintenance in Chesapeake, VA for multi-family properties, rental properties and apartment complexes, contact Central Plumbing and Heating.