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What Is the Landlord’s Responsibility for Air Conditioning in Georgia?

If you are considering renting or have already moved into rented accommodation in Georgia, you will, understandably, want to know if it’s the landlord’s responsibility to supply air conditioning. After all, temperatures can really soar, and it remains hot in Georgia most of the year. 

The rules relating to the provision of air conditioning in Georgia for renters is relatively straightforward. There are three main scenarios you may encounter:

  • You move into a property with no air conditioning
  • The landlord has installed air conditioning
  • You installed your own air conditioning

The first scenario is perfectly legal, given that a landlord’s responsibility does not include providing air conditioning. If there is air conditioning installed when you move into the property, it is the landlord’s responsibility to maintain all equipment. However, if you had the equipment installed or if you replaced existing equipment, the onus then falls on you to maintain it and have repairs carried out when it breaks. 

AC Repair & Notifying Your Landlord

It is the landlord’s responsibility to have any air conditioning repairs carried out within a reasonable timeframe. In order to do this, the landlord must first receive notification from the tenant. You should provide notification in writing and, preferably, have the landlord sign off, acknowledging you have requested maintenance or repairs. Although this may sound overly formal, having proof of written notification may be invaluable if you need to bring a lawsuit against the landlord for failure to carry out repairs. 

Filing a lawsuit against a landlord for failing in their duty to carry out repairs can be a difficult and time consuming process. Meanwhile, the temperature in the accommodation may continue to rise without any relief from the heat. Alternately, you do have the right to hire a licensed professional to carry out repairs and have the costs deducted from future rent.

Deducting Repair Costs From Future Rent

If you intend on taking the route of hiring a professional to perform repairs, there are a few things you should know about the process. If you do not notify the landlord of the need for repairs, they can dismiss them as unnecessary and may argue the cost is not reasonable. Again, getting a signed agreement from the landlord will save you the stress of having to argue that the repairs were necessary and the cost justified. 

It is always best to make sure the licensed professional is able to supply receipts and a full breakdown of any work completed, if you opt for repair-and-deduct. Work with your landlord to help ensure a smooth process, so you don’t end up having to pursue a lawsuit to compel the landlord to repair your air conditioning unit. If you do continue to run into problems after providing your landlord with sufficient notification, H. Lehman Franklin, P.C., can provide legal consultation and representation, if needed. 

For further advice on a landlord’s responsibilities in Georgia, reach out to our offices at 912-764-9616 or via email at info@hlfranklin.com, for a free initial consultation today.