How Nevada legal guidelines will help defend renters from air con issues | Information
November 17, 2021 | by Noah Franklin
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) – Nevada has laws in place to protect anyone renting an apartment or house if the air conditioning fails.
An attorney for the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada said there was a procedure to follow that included more than just informing your landlord or apartment complex of an air conditioning problem.
While for some managers, simply communicating a problem may be enough to quickly resolve an issue, the Legal Assistance Center recommends writing a letter and sending it by registered mail.
“The written notice is your proof that you reported the problem to your landlord and asked them to correct it. If you fail to provide this written notice, you may not be able to exercise your rights under Nevada law, ”said Aaron MacDonald, an attorney with the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada.
MacDonald said there will be options once this letter is written if the owner or landlord does not make good faith efforts to correct problems. He said renters had to give landlords 48 hours to fix an issue.
He said the remedy was to buy your own air conditioner and deduct the cost from your rent. You can get other apartments with the rent suspended until the air conditioning is repaired. You can file a lawsuit in a small claims court if the problem isn’t resolved.
“You can claim up to $ 10,000 in damages. And small claims are designed so that a tenant can sue a landlord without the need for a lawyer, ”MacDonald said.
Or MacDonald said you can withhold the rent until the problem is fixed. However, he said that anyone who falls behind in the rent cannot do it.
The Nevada State Apartment Association said real estate doesn’t want people to live in awkward situations, and landlords are working on getting things like air conditioning fixed.
Susy Vasquez, executive director of the Nevada State Apartment Association, said complexes will seek to help people if their air conditioning fails by allowing tenants to use empty apartments or models during repairs, or by allowing them to use portable air conditioners left during repairs are made.
However, she also said there were problems getting the job done right away and said some HVAC technicians had left the state due to COVID-19. She also said parts are running out due to COVID-19-related supply chain issues.
“Sometimes an air conditioner can only be a few years old and we try to get certain parts for it and it now takes two to three weeks to get the parts in stock,” said Vasquez.
MacDonald also said that landlords in the state typically cooperate and do their best to fix air conditioning.
The Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada has information about rights for tenants and how to deal with a defective air conditioner or other problems on its website www.lacsn.org. People can also call 702-386-1070.