What Should Your AC Repair Policy Say?

by Scott on May 24, 2017

Are you ready for another scorching summer? Reports indicate that 2017 could be one for the record books. If your property’s air conditioning units haven’t been serviced in a while, now is the time to do so. Preventing breakages is key.
But what happens if one of your tenant’s air conditioner breaks this summer? What does your lease agreement guarantee to your renters? What promises will you have to fulfill should the worst case scenario happen?
For California landlords like Scott Safadi of Cal Bay Property Management, there is no legal requirement for providing air conditioning for your tenants. Units do, however, have to comply with city, county and state building codes that require adequate ventilation from windows, fans or ventilation units.
If you provide an air conditioner unit in your apartments, tenants can expect you to repair it when it breaks – especially if the breakage wasn’t their fault. Of course, if they did inadvertently cause the unit to break, the should foot the bill. All repairs should be made within a reasonable time period, though. Fail to do so, and you could find your tenants taking the “repair and deduct” remedy, where they pay for the repair out of pocket and deduct it from their rent payment. Obviously, this is a last resort – you should never get to this point with your own tenants.
– Scott Safadi of Cal Bay Property Management

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