What to do when…
The A/C stopped working but the landlord is not responsive.
Q: A landlord and tenant entered into a residential lease that requires the landlord to maintain the air-conditioning unit, but does not require a deadline for repairs.
The tenant reported that the unit needs repair on Monday, but the tenant has not received a response from the landlord. It’s now Friday, and the tenant is hot and miserable.
Is there a Florida law regarding how long a landlord has to make repairs required by a lease?
A: While there is no specific statutory timeline for making repairs, there is a way for the tenant to create one. The tenant may provide a written seven-day notice, described in section 83.56(1), Florida Statutes, which provides that “If the landlord materially fails to comply with s.83.51(1) or material provisions of the rental agreement within seven days after delivery of written notice by the tenant specifying the noncompliance and indicating the intention of the tenant to terminate the rental agreement by reason thereof, the tenant may terminate the rental agreement.”
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