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does a landlord have to provide air conditioning in florida?

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Do Landlords Have to Provide Air Conditioning?

It's pretty obvious that landlords are required to provide the basics: locking doors, hot water, and heating.
But one of the questions that gets asked the most in landlord-tenant law is whether a landlord is required to provide tenants with air conditioning.
The answer? Probably not.
Every state, and most municipalities, have requirements that a landlord must meet while someone occupies a rental unit. These are generally known as a landlord's warranty of habitability, and are meant to ensure that tenants have access to basic necessities.
While heating is always required of a landlord, air conditioning is generally not. If it is required, it's likely that you'll find a provision in local rental law as opposed to state law, but be sure to check both.
Now, what if you already have air conditioning and it's not working properly?
A landlord's failure to properly maintain an air conditioner that he has already provided is not a matter of rental law, it's a matter of contract law.
Generally speaking, the rule is that if your landlord has provided you with an appliance, he is contractually obligated to provide one for the duration of your lease. He must also maintain and keep it in working order.
In other words, if the unit was placed in your apartment by your landlord, air conditioning must be maintained until you move out. A failure to do so would likely put your landlord in breach of contract, allowing you to potentially reduce your rent or move elsewhere.

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asked Apr 22 in Business and Finance by Katie

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Does a landlord in the state of Florida have to provide a way to heat ( a furnace) a single family home?
A friend of mine recently leased a house in Clearwater, FL.
It got down to 39 degrees last night and he found there was no furnace or any other way to heat the house. It has window AC units. There is no central air conditioning with a typical heat pump.
answered Apr 22 by Drew
Yes, in Florida the landlord is obligated to provide “functioning facilities for heat during winter.” Along with other obligations such as keeping the building structure to code, providing running water and locks, a way to heat the home should be provided by the landlord. Specific language can be found in Florida Statute 83.51 (http://www.flsenate.gov/Laws/Statutes/2012/Chapter83/All).

Your friend should give the landlord written notice citing the statute mentioned above and seven (7) days to cure the problem.
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IS IT THE LAW THAT LANDLORD MUST PROVIDE AIR IN FLORIDA?
answered Apr 22 by Caroline
I assume you mean air conditioning. Oddly the statute that deals with this requires a landlord to provide heat during the winter, but is silent regarding air conditioning. (Go figure in Florida of all places)

Your lease may cover this issue, otherwise you will have to argue that the lack of air conditioning somehow breached the warranty of habitability.

Have an attorney review your lease and the situation with you. Perhaps a simple conversation with the landlord can rectify the problem without the expense of litigation.

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